Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Discriminate Anymore.

 

Mission accomplished.

~Letter to the editor, The Advocate

The time is always right to do the right thing, Dr. King said, and it was right for the Senate to finally end the discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” 

The bigots and homophobes of the GOP like Saxby Chambliss shuffled their feet, scratched their heads and stammered out weak excuses.  “Should it be done at some point in time?   Maybe do, but in the middle of a military conflict is not the time to do it.”

When exactly is the right time for equal rights?   When exactly is it the right time to say, “We will honor the service of our brave soldiers and we will not single you out because of whom you choose to love.”  It was rednecks like Chambliss who said the same thing when it was Black Americans demanding an end to discrimation.DADT was an embarrassment and with its demise America moves one step closer to growing up a bit. 

But it fell to John McCain, the erstwhile “maverick” whose public slide into dementia continues to progress like a wildfire.   “So here we are about six weeks after an election that repudiated the agenda of the other side and those who would repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell are acting in direct repudiation of the American people”

Wrong again, Senator Self-Righteous.   A  Washington Post/ABC News poll last week revealed 77 percent of the American people want to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces.  What’s being repudiated here is your ignorance and intolerance against soldiers whom happen to have a different sexual orientation and that’s what’s annoying you like a wart on your wrinkly ass.

A day ago, McCain was openly chortling over the defeat of a defense appropriates bill laden with $7 billion worth of pork barrel spending.   Now karma had boomeranged on him.   DADT has been ended and the margin of victory 65-31 wasn’t even close. 

McCain’s bitter vitriol proves how right the voters were in rejecting him in 2008.  He was unfit for the job.   Under a President McCain, an anti-gay policy would not have been repealed, but supported and advocated.  It took  President Obama to drive the stake into the heart of this beast of repugnant discrimination and I certainly hope all those progressives who have excoriated him over the tax cut compromise will take note that he delivered in full on this particular campaign policy. 

For all the HATERS out there whom have had a lot of fun whacking President Obama like a piñata for the tax cut compromise, since it was under his administration that DADT finally ended (something that would NEVER have happened if John McCain had won), I got five words for you: HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW? 

 
 

A small man continuing to grow smaller.

 

 

 Soldiers who are not afraid of guns, bombs, capture, torture or death say they are afraid of homosexuals.  Clearly we should not be used as soldiers; we should be used as weapons.

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Grumpy Old White and Black Men

Cindy laughed when John forgot to tape his face on.

I’ve been backed up trying to finish some other long-simmering writing projects and had to put the blogging on the back-burner, but that hardly means I don’t have some thoughts on two grown-ass men acting like little spoiled brats because they aren’t getting their way.    One has his nose permanently out of joint because Barack Obama beat his butt and the other because Obama doesn’t kiss his butt.

John McCain: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and I Don’t Care.”

WASHINGTON – Gay troops can serve openly in the armed forces without harming the military’s ability to fight, the Pentagon’s top leaders declared Tuesday, calling for the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban to be scrapped and pointing to a new survey to show most troops won’t mind.

Looks like the only reason left for gays not to serve in the military is homophobia.

I thought DADT was a bad idea from the jump. I was in the service and I got hit on by a gay soldier, and while it freaked me out at the moment, I don’t have any problem with gays serving in the military. Now will someone tell that homophobe John McCain to get his liver-spotted ass the hell out of the way?  It’s high time for that old soldier to fade away.

McCain has dug his heels in presenting one weak excuse after another why DADT should not be repealed.   For the longest time the excuse was we needed to wait until the results of the survey of the troops were in.   Now they are and a clear majority has said in effect, serving with an openly gay soldier is a  “your problem” to the Senator, not a “our problem.”

Not that he’s going to wave any white flags anytime soon.   On CNN, accompanied by his oh-so-not-gay BFF, Sen. Lindsay Graham, McCain made it clear he wasn’t down for getting rid of DADT and demonstrated yet again how much of a sore loser he still is when he said, “The fact is, this was a political promise made by an inexperienced President or candidate for Presidency of the United States.”

Bitter much, Johnny?

The Republicans opposition to repealing a clearly discriminatory policy is based upon one thing and one thing only:  a deep and enduring fear and  hatred of gays and lesbians.   Every other possible reason has been debunked, discredited and should be discarded, but just because the 2010 election is over, it’s not too early to think about the 2012 election and feeding the  biases and prejudices of the Republican base is a never-ending task.   This is what happens when demonizing one group of Americans to appeal to another is the only successful game plan in your playbook.

Any thought that Maverick McCain the mainstream media slobbered over might return after Obama handed him his ass should be over and done.   What we have now is an increasingly, cranky senior citizen who looks more like he has an open mind and interested in reasoned debate than he’s pissed these busy body reporters refuse to take his word as gospel.

Time to up Johnnie’s meds again?

Cornel West puts President Obama on blast–again.

Cornel West, a card-carrying of the semi-permanent Black aristocracy and a homey of Tavis “Accountable” Smiley appeared on Democracy Now to assert there’s really not a dime’s worth of difference between the way George W. Bush and Barack Obama deal with Black America.

Gonzalez had asked Prof. West to comment on Kanye West’s assertion that “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people;” but the professor diverted into criticism of the current Administration. He said he thinks neither Bush nor Obama acts out of “racist motivation and intention,” but that both Administrations inflict(ed) “racist effect and consequence” on people of color, and that their policies have “generated levels of misery among Black people, Brown people, Red people, but especially among the working class poor.”

Cornel West echoed Kanye West in rebuking Obama: “… He doesn’t care about the Black poor: The evidence is overwhelming! … His policies [a]re racist in effect and consequence and especially classist in terms of generating misery among poor people, disproportionately Black and Brown. … The Obama Administration seems to have very little concern about poor people and their social misery: Look at the policies vis-à-vis Wall Street – downplaying Main Street; look at the policies of Black Farmers – a settlement already in place but they don’t want to execute it because they don’t want to be associated with Black folk too explicitly; look at the policies of dilapidated housing; we can go right across the board – look at the policies of the new Jim Crow – the Prison-Industrial Complex.”

I’m pretty familiar with West’s act by now and it’s about as tired as Kanye’s.   Maybe the good doctor thought he’d have a limo shuttling him to the White House when the president needed his special insights into what the Black intelligentsia are thinking today.   Alas, for West it hasn’t turned out that way and he seems a little put out by Obama’s inability to carry out the smoke and mirrors “policies”  of the illusionary “Black Agenda”  he and Smiley have pushed in their corporate underwritten State of Black America” circle jerks.

I have the utmost respect for what Dr. West contributes to the culture and the political discourse,  but he’s acting like his oversized ego has been bruised by the president’s lack of interest in catering to it.    This is the same man who complained  bitterly last year how “his dear brother” treated him like “a Cub Scout.”

If he were asking me for advice I’d tell Dr. West he needs to chill, get off of the radio and back in the classroom and that it’s time to either bust down the ‘fro or at least put some conditioner in it.

Ask yo’ boy Tavis to loan you a dab of some Afro-Sheen.

Now Barack, It's like this: "Put ya hands in the air and wave 'em like you just don't care."

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Care.

Service, not Silence.

Lt. Dan Choi drilled this weekend with his National Guard unit.  Nothing remarkable about a soldier serving with his unit.  Happens all the time.  What makes Choi special is he became an activist for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT),” the 17-year-old policy which has led to the forced separation of over 13,000 soldiers.

President Obama called for the repeal of DADT during his State of the Union address and Secretary of the Defense Robert Gates testified in Congressional hearings that it was time for the policy to be ended and homosexuals be allowed to serve in the armed forces.

As if they haven’t already?

In my own military service I recall two guys who got caught screwing each other and the military police marching them out of the barracks.  I never found out what happened to them but I had a pretty good guess.   They probably got grilled by the base commander for information on other homosexuals lurking among us, given a general, administrative or bad conduct discharge and booted out with no possibility of collecting any G.I. Bill benefits no matter how good of a job they did before they got caught.

Everyone that has served in the military has served with gay men and women. You went through basic training with them. You ate with them. You slept in the same barracks with them. You showered, shit and shaved with them. You pounded beers with them and bummed smokes off of them. You told your bad homo jokes and they laughed at them even when they didn’t want to.

A flamboyant heterosexual who’s grabbing every woman’s ass within reach and bragging about how much pussy he gets and chicks he’s banged, bugs me just as much as a flamboyant homosexual.  Maybe more.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) wrote an essay on The Huffington Post calling DADT a “discriminatory” policy that needs to be ended.

“… more than 400 service members were discharged from our armed services last year for no reason other than their sexual orientation. As we fight in two wars, it’s counter-productive, dangerous, and expensive to discharge men and women who have critical skills we need to win those wars, just because they’re gay,”  Udall said.

Gay men like Lt. Dan Choi volunteered to serve their country and if necessary, lay down his life to protect it.  Why should what he does behind closed doors as an consenting adult be a reason to kick him out.   Anyone who thinks DADT is such a great idea but never wore the uniform and saluted the flag really needs to shut up instead of criticizing someone who has the courage they lack.

Welcome back Lt. Choi.

Lt. Choi back in the military. Somehow the Republic survives.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A old problem is Obama’s new headache.

When will Obama end Dont Ask, Dont Tell?

When will Obama end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?"

President Obama has never met  Lt. Dan Choi, but I bet he’s become very familiar with his name.

Choi, a platoon leader in the National Guard, a West Point graduate and a fluent speaker in the Arabic language, has gone public with his anger over being dismissed from the military due to his status as an openly gay man.   Choi, who recently returned from Iraq says, he is “extremely angry” and vows to fight the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

“Don’t lie. Don’t hide. Don’t discriminate. Don’t weaken the military,”  Choi said in a interview on The Rachel Maddow Show.

A lot of folks seem to think if the President of the United States pays attention to their particular problem or issue that means it will be fixed to their satisfaction.

These folks also believe the tooth fairy put a quarter under their pillow and that some jolly old fat bastard came down the chimney to leave a G.I. Joe with the Kung-fu grip under the Christmas tree.

Democracy is not like the drive-thru window at Burger King. You can’t always get something fixed right fucking now. Sometimes you have to wait and more times than not you don’t get exactly what you want, how you want and when you want.

I’m not at all surprised gay activists has taken this particular issue and turned it into an example of how Obama is ignoring their issues.

Of course, should the president nominate a lesbian to the Supreme Court that will earn him some points with the very same gay activists that are blasting him now. Of course if he does so he’ll piss off the Hispanics who are also feeling kind of ignored and there are some Black folks who want a Black woman or man on the Court to counter-balance Clarence Thomas.

There always will be groups, voting blocs, core supporters and critical constituencies that feel THEIR cause should be the president’s cause if for no other reason than they voted for him.

But that’s a rather naive and unsophisticated way of looking at how politics work. Obama not only can’t micromanage the military and personally step in every time a solider is discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he shouldn’t. A president can impose his will upon the military, but he had better be damn careful on what issues he champions because there are a lot of Americans who don’t believe the armed forces is the right place for social engineering.
Is Lt. Tsao unfit to serve because shes a lesbian?

Is Lt. Tsao unfit to serve because she's a lesbian?

But while the president might wish to put off ending DADT, until he does the policy is ending prematurely the careers of  gay soldiers.
One of them, Lt. Sandy Choi, in Janurary wrote a letter to the Commander-In-Chief to express frustration that her sexual orientation would be used against her so she could no longer serve.
Lt. Choi wrote in a letter excerpted in a blog on GLAAD.org:
Today is Chinese New Year day. I hope it will bring good fortune to you and your newly elected office. Today is also the day I inform my chain of command of who I am. One of the seven army values is integrity. It means choosing to do the right thing no matter what the consequences may be. As a Christian, this also means living an honest life.
Lt. Tsao’s letter concluded:

We have the best military in the world and I would like to continue to be part of it. My mother can tell you it is my dream to serve our country. I have fought and overcome many barriers to arrive at the point I am at today. This is the only battle I fear I may lose. Even if it is too late for me, I do hope, Mr. President, that you will help us to win the war against prejudice so that future generations will continue to work together and fight for our freedoms regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

On May 5, the president responded to Tsao with a brief, handwritten letter:

Sandy – Thanks for the wonderful and thoughtful letter. It is because of outstanding Americans like you that I committed to changing our current policy. Although it will take some time to complete (partly because it needs Congressional action) I intend to fulfill my commitment. — Barack Obama.

“I intend to fulfill my commitment.”   I hope the president is sincere.   After a decade, it is time for DADT to be abolished and the persecution and ouster of dedicated soldiers such as Tsao and Choi to finally end. 

 It’s unrealistic to suggest Obama should intercede in each and every individual case of a solider being booted out for violating DADT. He’d spend his time doing nothing else than micromanaging every issue where someone feels they’re being screwed over by the government.

Gay activists have evoked  the civil rights movement, but are impatient with the approach of “go-slow” gradualism and incremental steps .  They should know  Dr. King once said, “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” 

Those clamoring for immediate gratification have not considered the ramifications of pushing through a quick “solution” and forcing it upon the military and yes, that IS a consideration.