What a delight I had in writing this post. I always have to compose the Bigot post first to get rid of the bile. Composing the Hero articles feels like dessert. This year’s Hero Award goes to Kirsten Gillibrand , with an honorable mention to Patrick Murphy. Kirsten Gillibrand has been a champion of repealing DADT for two years now, as demonstrated in this video from 2009. She introduced repeal legislation in the Senate in March, well before the more-reported last-minute efforts that eventually succeeded. She is also a strong proponent of equal protection for the LGBT community and for marriage equality. We need more heterosexual and outspoken allies like Gillibrand. She has shown great leadership as the Senator from New York and does not shy away from confronting her peers by protecting civil rights. As we move into a difficult new Congress, we need strong leaders like Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders, and this year’s hero: Kirsten Gillibrand.
The past four bigot awards this week provided a cornucopia of embarrassments for the United States, but none so embarrassing as Senator John McCain from Arizona. His maniacal — almost pathological — and contradictory ranting against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell earns him this year’s prize. While there were several posts where I tried to speculate that perhaps McCain is suffering from something organic, such as the onset of Alzheimer’s, which would demand my pity and compassion, I’m afraid there are far darker forces at work here. McCain seems completely motivated by anger, envy, and dissipation. Yes, I really dislike this waste particle of a human being, but I also do pity him, for he has now permanently sealed his fate in history books — he is the 21st Century’s George Wallace and his reaction to contrary opinions merely proves what a buffoon he is. The larger question at hand for me is: How is it that government civil servants can work so hard to restrict civil rights rather than protect them? How can any marginalized person trust those that live to oppress others? Let us hope that next year we will not have the plethora of bigots to choose from, that these voices will grow smaller in number.
The comprehensive study that McCain demanded showed that close to 70% of active military don’t care about us homos being honest about our identity and serving side by side with our heterosexual peers. My brother in-law, Scott, who is heterosexual and now-retired military sent me an article about the repeal of DADT. What was so lovely about this was not that he thought of my husband and me, but that he was angered that the article only addressed the 13,000 LGBTQ military that had been discharged from 1993 to the present. Scott asked a good question: what about all the LGBTQ military that were discharged previous to 1993? Scott also added: “this article fails to acknowledge that it was a critical step in the full integration of the LGBTQ community into our armed services.”
Senator McCain, you are wrong on so many counts, but I would like to specifically address the LIE you told yesterday. Many of us DO know people in the military. My brother in-law and my good friend who is a retired General in Georgia, both wanted the repeal of DADT. Thank you to my brother-in- law Scott for having such compassion and courage.
I would like to call out all of the BIGOTS that voted against the repeal. I’m also posting the names of the cowards that did not vote. All I can say is SHAME ON YOU! YOU are on the wrong side of history.
The bigots voting against the repeal:
Now for the bigoted cowards that did not vote:
Here is the link to see how everyone voted, click here.
December 18, 2010 Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the homophobic and discriminatory law/policy was repealed. The vote was 65 to 31. I can only imagine that Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry Truman must be smiling and very proud of this move towards equality in civil rights. It was our Eleanor that pushed hard to integrate the troops–we can only imagine how “whitey” John McCain would have voted back then. Bravo/Brava to the 65 Senators for moving equality ahead of personal agendas and biases.
Now, we must marshal our energies to create full marriage equality! The time is now!
Senator McCain (George Wallace) this video clip is a special gift to you: You sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot!
The Senate is now voting on whether to repeal DADT. Debate has now ended. Let us all hope they do the right thing and abide by the conditions they (McCain) imposed–the “Impact Study,” which proved that now is the time to repeal DADT. I am tired of being marginalized! I’m tired of watching LGBTQ youth kill themselves for feeling bullied and less than human. Repealing DADT will send the message that we are gaining equality! Why do you get to decide what I’m allowed to have? We cannot allow terrorist like John McCain to win.
Thanks, Jen Lockett for sharing this video with me. While I’m not a fan of Uncle Joe Lieberman, at least he is on the right side of history regarding DADT. Please let the Senate do the right thing. Show homophobic bigots like John McCain that he cannot stop civil rights! Please watch this video and hope we stop discrimination in our armed forces.
It is very difficult for me not to have bitter contempt for the Log Cabin Republicans in a time when we do not have the luxury of self-hate. The very courageous congressman Patrick Murphy (D) Penn. was the brave soul that introduced the bill in the House to repeal DADT. Bravo! Boo-Hiss to the Log Cabin Republicans for rewarding Murphy by endorsing his Republican opponent. Yes, they voted against their best interest. What kind of self-loathing selfish, materialistic, bastards are these people. Have they no interest in helping pave the way for future LGBTQ people? Here is the very disturbing video of the Rachel Maddow show I found on Jeremy’s blog.
We cannot rest. We must act now before this truly does become a “Lame Duck” session of congress. We must repeal DADT now. We now have a standalone bill to allow gay, lesbian and bisexual service members to serve with integrity. The bill has been introduced in the Senate–and we have the necessary votes to pass repeal if we can bring this bill to the floor for a vote. But Senate supporters of discrimination are trying to run out the clock on reform (Yes, idiots like McCain and his other Klan members).
The Senate is scheduled to adjourn within days. If they do so without repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the prospects for a legislative repeal grow dim.
However, the Senate Democratic leadership can take a stand and refuse to adjourn until there is a vote on repeal.
Contact your state senators and congress persons now. If you don’t know your senator and congress persons, let me know and I will email you whom to contact.