John McCain proves to teabagger Republicans he can be as much of a bigot as anyone else
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The House of Representatives has delivered a victory to President Barack Obama and gay rights groups by approving a proposal to repeal the law that allows gays to serve in the military only if they don’t disclose their sexual orientation.
The 234-194 vote to overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy reflected a view among many in Congress that America was ready for a military in which gays and straights can stand side by side in the trenches.
“I know that our military draws its strength on the integrity of our unified force, and current law challenges this integrity by creating two realities within the ranks,” Democratic Rep. Susan Davis.
In a statement after the House vote, Obama hailed the day’s congressional action as “important bipartisan steps toward repeal.”
“This legislation will help make our armed forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity,” Obama said.
Republicans, who voted overwhelmingly against it, cited statements by some military leaders that they need more time to study how a change in the law could affect the lives and readiness of service members…
“NO” is replaced by “not in my lifetime”.
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that of the 13,500 members of the military who have been discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell,” more than 1,000 filled critical occupations, such as engineers and interpreters.
He compared the arguments of the opposition to 1948 speeches in Congress when lawmakers warned that integrating the troops would undermine morale in the military…
“I think it’s really going to be very harmful to the morale and effectiveness of our military,” said Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee and a leading opponent of the repeal.
John McCain knows better. His constituents know better. Americans poll overwhelmingly in favor of equal opportunity for Gays to risk their lives on behalf of our military adventures.
Even Republicans poll for a majority supporting these civil rights.
But, a majority of Republicans have no voice in running the Party. The opportunists at the head of the Party of NO bend to the wishes of the diminishing base they’ve grown to rely on: religious fundamentalists who reject modern science – open bigots and racists who espouse a fanatic resistance to America’s first non-white president – in addition to the usual crowd of economic dodos who think Herbert Hoover would have been the best solution to the Great Depression.
John McCain knows better. He’s not a jot different from the Republicans who decided that campaigning in defense of racism would maintain a significant chunk of political power – as it continues to do. The same opportunism that got him elected the first time is where he’s going to continue to stake his claim in the ignominy of history.