Tag Archives: Republican Bullies

Discharging Clinton’s Legacy

20 Sep

Repealed after 18 years

Today is a significant moment in the Civil Rights movement for the LGBT community.  While I am happy that today marks the end of the military’s  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, I can’t help but worry about how slowly the wheels of progress move and how safe our LGBT brothers and sisters will actually be from their own ranks.

18 years ago, it was President Clinton who capitulated to the Republican bullies and instituted the DADT policy.  Let us not forget the chief bullies that played center stage during the Clinton years, Ken Starr and Linda Tripp, better known as Boris and Natasha.  One need not look hard to see Democratic Presidents capitulating to Republican bullies.

While the Pentagon has made statements that the military is now ready and has been trained to work with the LGBT community, the reality is that we know many of our LGBT soldiers are still going to be bullied by their peers.  I have heard the “higher ups” state that they will enforce the new policies regardless if they agree with them. I worry about LGBT soldiers fear of reporting abuse or harassment; feels rather like our Anita Hill having to report sexual harassment to her then boss and abuser, Clarence Thomas–we all know how well that turned out.  If only we could discharge that legacy of Bush Sr.

For today, I shall put aside my skepticism, and celebrate a move towards civil rights and equality for the LGBT community.  Now, let us get to the business of repealing DOMA!

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“We Will Not Entertain Any Tax Increases”: Hatch, DeMint, Paul the Unholy Trinity

16 Jul

Protect the Rich

President Obama said, “I’ve reached my limit. This may bring my Presidency down, but I will not yield on this,” in response to the obstreperous Eric Cantor (R-VA).  Cantor’s bilious behavior probably just resulted from needing a proper burping. While we watch Republicans screaming and yelling about the deficit and bullying everyone on the playground with, “we will not entertain any tax increases,” their only offered solutions are to: cut Medicare, cut Social Security, cut Planned Parenthood, and or divert our attention to “look the gays are taking over.”

Orrin Hatch, that lovable curmudgeon who grows nostalgic for his dinners with George Wallace and asked for his money back from the Ford Theatre when the play was interrupted by Lincoln’s assassination, said:

congressional Republicans should limit Washington’s ability to spending, warning revenue increases are unacceptable.

Am I the only one that is absolutely confused here? So you demand the President do something to stop the deficit, but you tie his hands behind his back and say he cannot increase taxes on the wealthy.  Really?  And the American people let you get away with that Senator Hatch?  Shame on you!  Of course, Birds of a feather flock together: when Hatch lends his voice to the voices of Jim DeMint and Rand Paul, you know the country is in deep trouble. I know there are many that would yell at Senator Hatch: “You greedy white rich bastard–you care nothing about the American people.”  I shall not say anything of the sort. I shall only let his behavior speak for itself.  Click here to see the article.

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