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Monday, June 15, 2009

Well, We Didn't Really Mean "Everybody"


--See you later, Comrade

--You're a communist?

--No. But I can still have comrades

--Army of Shadows
(1969)
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In his recent Cairo speech, President Obama declared it is a human right to have "the freedom to live as you choose." However, this belies his administration's reluctance to overturn the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy regarding homosexuals in the military.

Why don't homosexuals in the U.S. have the same rights our Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) and democracy advocates pitch for Middle Easterners?

"To find common ground . . . and to respect the dignity of all human beings."

Indeed.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Gordon said...

Hear, hear.

Monday, June 15, 2009 at 2:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Publius said...

Ranger, although I support repeal of DADT, I think this is a cheap shot. It's not as if our president hasn't been just a tad busy doing things, like, you know, saving the world economy and grappling with horseshit wars he inherited.

This guy has been in office not quite five months. How about giving a little credit to his predecessor (and that guy's predecessor, Mr Wonderful) as well as the Congress—which will actually have to repeal the law—for this misbegotten law?

Monday, June 15, 2009 at 3:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Publius,
This is a cheap shot but i'll take it any way.
Obama is playing politics with this issue and is being a dissasembler on the topic.
jim

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 6:42:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous basilbeast said...

OK, this is gonna make me post here.

Obviously.

I can see both points, Publius' and Ranger's on DADT.

But there's a further issue concerning DOMA where the administration really blew it. Implying that gays marrying ( whether you're for or against it ) is like incest or pedophilia.

Obama can't be too busy to take care of his most fervent supporters, to throw them a bone or two once in a while to keep 'em happy, if he won't be that "fierce advocate" for gay rights he claimed to be during the campaign.

Check out any of the gay sites, like Aravosis' Americablog. They are not happy campers.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 7:10:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Paul said...

Got to weigh in with a passing 2 cents worth...

A few moments taken by the new President in undoing DADT with an executive order would be time well spent. Congress isn't the CiC.

DOMA appears to be on the way to irrelevance state by state, although I suppose the Supremes should weigh in just in case anyone really doesn't 'get it'.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 7:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Basil and Paul,
Getting rid of DADT is not throwing a bone to anyone. It would be granting human dignity and constitutional rights on to a significant sector of society.
Paul, yes Obama is C in C and could instuitute a new policy IF HE HAD A SET OF BALLS.
My disconnect with DADT is that it is based in obsolete religious beliefs and not based in legal thought. This is a violation of church and state IMHO. BTW the churches of America did a great job justifying slavery back in the day. I fear and dislike church policies since they are so hateful in the long run.
jim

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 7:41:00 AM GMT-5  

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