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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell" Told to Go to Hell

"Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell" Told to Go to Hell

Today U.S. District Judge Virgina Phillips issued an injunction to halt the enforcement of the US Military's "don't-ask-don't-tell" policy, effectively ending the ban on gays serving in the military. The Department of Justice has about 2 months to appeal this ruling, but I don't think that's likely to happen. So...I guess that's it(!).

With all of the insane gay-bashing and hate crimes surging in the last few weeks, this is great news for the LGBT community. I know there may be many out there that will be happy with this ruling, in spite of their disappointment in President Obama's so-called inaction on this issue. But Obama's support will be felt in the fact that he will allow the 60 day window of appeal to pass. Had this been any other president, I think they would be working to appeal this ruling IMMEDIATELY. In this case, I don't see that happening. I could be wrong...but I doubt it.

With idiots like Carl Paladino and Jim DeMint running their homophobic mouths, it's great to see that there are some people with the power and the will to do what's right. The last thing this country needs right now is more divisive rhetoric.  At a time when our country is inching closer and closer to Third World status, we all really need to come together to help solve this country's problems-- ESPECIALLY when it comes to ending this goddamn war in Afghanistan. How many exceptional military personnel were let go because of their sexual orientation? It's sickening that we tend to give bigots so much sway in our national discourse. The last thing we need are more intellectually impotent people pretending they have "values". I don't think "hate" is an exceptional value. Do you?

I know there are people out there that will be absolutely outraged over this ruling. Good. Let them be. Personally, I'm sick of intolerant blowhards and emotionally stunted cretins getting their way. I'm sick of this country being held back by the wrong kinds of people. And as long as we continue to allow hate-mongers an open forum, while the rest of us are trying to have a rational discourse...we'll never be as great as we used to be.

And make no mistake, bigots-- you're a dying breed. The people of this nation have proven time and time again that ignorance only makes us weak. Granted, it takes us a while to get to do the right thing...but eventually, we do.

So there!

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