|What's Sen. McCain thinking? Don't ask. |
The Senate was unable to stop Sen. John McCain's filibuster of the military authorization bill on Tuesday, which means that -- among other things
-- the greatest democracy in the world is unwilling to stop the military from discharging LGBT personnel.
Not that the so-called repeal language included in the bill would have repealed the policy anyway. This military spending bill
allows Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) to be repealed after Dec. 1, 2010 following a review and certification of the plan to cease enforcement by three bigwigs -- and then wait another 60 days -- (and stand on your left foot and extend your right arm) and then the policy will no longer be enforced.
Even a lousy repeal failed. Who gets the credit for the mess?
We know that there are gay people serving in the armed forces. We know that, as of 2009, more than 13,000 LGBTs have been discharged. We know that women and racial minorities are targeted more than white men under the policy.
We know from a CNN poll in May 2010 that 78 percent of Americans surveyed favored repeal of the policy. And yet we also know that military personnel don't want the gays to be open and they are scared that the bill could be repealed -- or not enforced.
There are two sides to the anti-gay military coin: One side wants gays to serve in the closet and the other side wants them rooted out and discharged.
This dynamic leaves America's political leaders' panties in a bunch.
President Barack Obama said in his January 2010 State of the Union address
that he would repeal the policy. But he didn't do much to help to end McCain's filibuster
-- no phone calls, no arm-twisting -- and yet he did find time to call the WNBA champions to congratulate them.
John McCain did his part too. Not only did he arrange this filibuster, he also stammered and freaked out and wet himself during a press conference following the Senate vote
on Tuesday where he repeated incessantly that the military is NOT seeking out gay personnel to be discharged. That is not the policy. That is not the policy! Get off my lawn!
So, what are we to believe then, Senator McCain? Should we then assume that 13,000 people over the course of 17 years accidentally revealed their sexual identity? Is that how all those people were discharged?
They either volunteered the info or thousands and thousands of people just kept having "oopsie" moments during the Iraq occupation and shouted out "I suck cock!" as Saddam Hussein was chased out of his rabbit hole, right? Not likely.
Obama is clearly of very little worth to the LGBT population. He can't manage to speak the words that Lady Gaga
has the courage to say -- that the bigots should be discharged, not the gays with the clean record. Rachel Maddow knew to speak with Major Mike Almy
who was discharged during the Iraq war after the military went through his personal e-mail and discovered he is gay. Why wouldn't the Commander-in-Chief want to stand by his wronged soldier instead of allowing a discriminatory policy to stand?
The policy could be repealed after the election in November during a lame duck session but don't hold your breath. Frankly, I don't know what keeps an LGBT soldier serving in silence. Sure, there are benefits and the investment of time and energy to a military career would make it difficult to walk away. And there is that whole duty thing that I don't understand either.
If we really want to see the policy end, all the gays in the military need to start opening up the door of the closet -- just as McCain wants us to believe they already are doing anyway -- and out themselves to someone in command. Fuck 'em. Make the military conduct an investigation, spend money and do what they think is necessary to maintain good morale.
Make John McCain an honest man. Out yourselves. Nothing else is working. It's up to you.Patrick Connors is an uppity fag who thinks the gays are being far too polite and accommodating to idiots.
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