It was an historic day when the policy referred to as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed. LGBT service members who were in the military no longer had to make the choice between hiding their true identities or losing their military careers.
But today, there’s another milestone that will likely not be as celebrated as the repeal of DADT. For the first time, a U.S. Secretary of Defense not only acknowledged the contributions of LGBT service members but also acknowledged them in the context of Gay Pride month.
The Pentagon has even announced its own gay pride event – a panel discussion to talk about issues affecting gay and lesbians in the military.
When DADT was thrown out, there was still some lingering suspicion that the military perhaps would not fully understand how important this issue was or would, at best, begrudgingly go along with it while maintaining its existing less-than-open-minded internal way of doing business. But it now seems like (as some had always said) that the full and open integration of lesbians and gay men in the military would just be taken as a matter of course.
In gay pride month, that’s definitely something to be proud of.
If you think that dislike for Mitt Romney comes exclusively from the left, a quick gambol around the internet will provide you with some pretty extreme hatred of Romney from the right.
For many in Massachusetts, Romney’s term as governor left a really bad taste in their mouths because of failed promises and his abysmal jobs record. But for at least one Bay Stater, Romney was far too liberal:
I’m particularly fond of her criticism of Romney’s CPAC speech. In Romney’s attempts to be all things to all people, he spoke at CPAC. Liberals questioned his blatant pandering to the uber-conservatives. But for the uber-conservatives, he just wasn’t conservative enough; there were apparently about ten or twelve litmus tests that he just didn’t pass.
And check out this video. Contrada apparently holds Romney responsible for everything from every initiative the Massachusetts Department of Social Services took during his term to what the lesbians were wearing during the pride parades:
Whew. I had no idea any politician had that much power.
Then there are the religious doomsayers. Literally. It’s kind of hard to tell if they’re serious or if they’re just being hucksters and trying to sell books and DVDs:
For the author of this site, even Pat Robertson, Sean Hannity, and James Dobson are not crazy enough for his taste, because they’ve endorsed Mitt Romney. It’s clear that Romney’s religion is still a significant barrier for some.
There’s one more site that’s a compendium of all things Mitt in Massachusetts (at least, from the ultra-right-wing perspective):
According to these folks, the problem on issues like gay rights, abortion rights, and health care isn’t that he’s too far to the right. It’s that he’s too far to the left! Glad we got that cleared up.
With all the focus on the economy, I wonder if these issues will even register at the polls.
Liberals, women, the LGBT community, and racial minorities have all to often been on the receiving end of this kind of hatred from the radical right. But it’s instructive to know that someone as extremely to the right as Mitt Romney can be the target of folks like this.
It’s just more proof that, in the last couple of decades, the left has moved right, and the right has moved even farther right.
The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana, is today’s winner for purveying hatred in the name of religion. I don’t think there are any Grammy’s in their future, but they have put together an original song, with a new child star.
Could this be the next Rick Santorum? (He’s already got the sweater vest.) Was indoctrination like this the cause of the current Rick Santorum? We may never know.
Note the congregation cheering and clapping at the success they’ve had teaching their children to hate. Lemmings? Sheep? You decide.
On ABC’s This Week yesterday, George Will took Mitt Romney to task for his association with Donald Trump and his unflagging devotion to birtherism. In the process, Will managed to call Trump out not only for his lack of value to Romney but also for his abiding ignorance:
“I do not understand the cost benefit here. The costs are clear. The benefit — what voter is going to vote for him because he is seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.”
Donald’s ego strength must be as flimsy as his hair souffle, because he immediately took to Twitter in an attempt to denigrate George Will:
George Will may be the dumbest(and most overrated) political commentator of all time. If the Republicans listen to him, they will lose.
In my continuing effort to assist Chyron operators, may I present the following:
One would hope that someone responsible for putting presidential candidates’ names on the screen of a national news program would know how to spell those candidates’ names. Well, perhaps he/she was flummoxed by the fact that George Will was calling out Donald Trump.