Congressman Rangel makes an important point about the military's exploitation of lower class men and women to wage the war in Iraq, and Barney Frank continues to think "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is gratuitous prejudice. I'm sorry it worries the heavyweights in the Left blogosphere who are worried that the American public really didn't mean it when they threw the Republicans out.
Josh Marshall says that while he's personally against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" it would be far better to continue with it until that awful war is over. We sure as hell don't want to upset those brilliant generals who have given us our second military defeat in 40 years. Garanz Franke-Ruta chimes in with "I am quite certain those moderates and independents who just gave Democrats control of the Congress will start asking themselves what it is that they have done, for neither of these two issues were (I'm pretty certain) what led them to vote Democratic just a few weeks ago." By implication she suggests that Independents would rather continue watching the U.S. wallow in the Iraqi quagmire than trust those radical Democrats.
Yeah, Barney, you and Charlie please shut the fuck up. These two brilliant people think you may be scaring Americans with your radical talk of fairness and equality. By all means, Democrats should be timid because it might scare that tiny percentage of voters who weren't sure who or what they were voting for. If you go around talking like Democrats, you're going to scare people.
Sheesh! Hey, Garanz and Josh, ever hear of multi-tasking? Maybe, just maybe, the new Democratic leadership can provide context and leadership which will get our men and women home AND make the process a bit fairer for all Americans. You two need to take a pill and trust the process a little more. There are ten times more Americans who did not vote than the tiny percentage you think might get scared if they only knew what Democrats are for. Let's bring those Americans into the process. Maybe we can do that by having policies that are fair and inclusive.
You know, Martin Luther King was told more than once that it would be easier to achieve equal treatment before the law if only he would stop offending White Americans. Gays and Lesbians are told to be nice and maybe a few crumbs from the table will fall to you. Being nice and patient have never achieved civil rights for any group. Don't Ask, Don't Tell is offensive to Gays and Lesbians. Telling us to wait for a better climate for change is patronizing.
Draft-dodger-in-chief, Geoge W. Bush, finally made it to Vietnam. You know, the place where 50,000 of his contemporaries died during the 60s and 70s. That Vietnam. And what has the nincompoop learned in the ensuing 35 years? Nothing. He thinks we lost Vietnam because of a lack of resolve. He's wrong, of course. It's just that the Vietnamese had more resolve than did we. Afterall, it was their country.
I don't begrudge Bush dodging the draft as much as I despise him for his dishonesty about it.
The Roman Catholic Church says Gays are welcome in the Church, just as long as they don't have sex and don't talk about their sexual orientation. By implication, you can be as nelly as you want and swish to kingdom come. They don't say you can't, so I guess you can cross-dress if you want to, although you might get mistaken for a priest.