Wednesday, November 30, 2011

the audience went crazy

A news story:  "MANAMA, Bahrain — Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded that repeal would undermine the war effort. In fact, he says, Marines have embraced the change.

"In an Associated Press interview, Amos called the repeal in September 'a non-event.'"

Meanwhile, the Republican Presidential contenders in their debates are still pledging to un-do the repeal, and that pledge gets wild cheers from the rabidly right-wing crowd.

But what would "un-doing the repeal" look like?  Everybody who has come out of the closet since the repeal would be kicked out of the military?  Executed?  Or would they be grandfathered-in?  And what would that look like?

Those candidates love getting the debate audiences to cheer, but consider:  These same crowds cheered the option of letting uninsured people die, and they booed the openly gay serviceman who was asking a question.  If the debaters want anything more than a cheap thrill, they need to realize that the general electorate isn't quite that hateful and demented.
By the way, I think it's hilarious that Rick Perry thought that the voting age was 21.
P.S.  Happy Birthday, Ruthie... Hugs to you!!


Jon said...

Ha! Wait until next November and then tell me how "hateful and demented" people are! Good point about how they'd go about lifting the ban though.

Jon said...

I mean reinstating the ban! Oops.