All along, members of the Republican Party have insisted they would allow gays to serve openly in the military when the time was right.

It was easy to say, because the time never seemed right. Most Americans opposed killing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Most military leaders opposed killing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Most soldiers opposed killing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Yet here we are, toward the end of 2010, and those obstacles no longer exist. The nation has come around, and polls show the majority of citizens, military leaders and soldiers are fine with openly gay soldiers partaking in military life. It is, by all polls, a non-issue. Let gays serve openly, people say, because by joining the military and defending our nation they deserve—at the very least—that dignity.

Today, the House voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

235 Democrats voted yes, 15 Democrats voted no.

15 Republicans voted yes, 160 Republicans voted no.

What does that tell us about the GOP?

A helluva lot.

5 thoughts on “Bigots”

  1. Jeff, actual combat soldiers ie. The guys that do the actual fighting overwhelmingly oppose this bill. For perfectly understandable reasons- Probably not cool to call them bigots. You love to throw that term around.

  2. Gee, I thought the last study that went to Congress prior to the vote said the “actual combat soldiers” don’t give a shit as long as they can count on their buddies when they need them. The people against this are the brass. To be fair, of all the service groups, the Marines had issues about DADT also.

  3. Jeff,
    Joining the Military is a priviledge not a right. When you become a part of the military, you become a G.I. G.I stands for “Government Issue”. This means you are property of the US government. The amrned forces mission is to protect our great country. If military personal feel openly gay soldiers should not serve, then openly gay soldiers sould not serve. Believe it or not, you lose some personal freedoms when you join the military.
    I think Don’t ask/Don’t tell is very far.

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