Monday, March 28, 2011

Culture Warriors Heading 2012 Republican Class

Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty and Haley Barbour all pledge to reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell if they're elected. This brings a few things to mind. The very first thing I'd like to point out is that a December 2010 Gallup Poll stated that 67% of Americans support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," with only Conservative Republicans showing more opposition than support. And after nine months of study, an exhaustive Pentagon survey of more than 115,000 military personnel found 70% believe that serving with openly gay service members would not harm their unit's ability to work together. So clearly these politicians' positions have nothing to do what the majority of Americans want, civilian or military. Now we have Haley Barbour stating, "when you're under fire, and people are living and dying on split-second decisions, you don't need any kind of amorous mindset that can affect saving people's lives and killing bad guys." Is this guy serious? Does he really think if a platoon is under fire and there's an openly gay soldier fighting along side heterosexuals, he's thinking, "Wow, that guy has a nice ass, I want to hit that!" Are the Republicans really that idiotic? Do they think the closeted gay soldier today will behave differently if he's "out" tomorrow? Do Conservatives think most people think like that? I guess their base might, but that isn't going to help in a general election. Truthfully, that thinking says way more about them than a gay service member...or any gay person for that matter. I also wonder where this idea has come from where "conservatives" imply that every gay person has a sexual desire for every person they come in contact with of the same sex. Is it because Republicans are so shamed or insecure about their sexuality, regardless of orientation, because they have to babble about the Bible to keep their constituents happy, while keeping their dirty little secrets inside (until they're ultimately caught). Perhaps this is part of their fantasy? All I can say is, conservatives sure spend a lot of time thinking about other peoples sex lives, private parts and figuring out how to keep women pregnant. They run around carping about keeping government out of peoples lives yet do just the opposite. It blows my mind that people will vote for these guys due to irrational fears pushed by a powerful right wing media, even though it will not be in their economic best interests. How did this country become so fearful instead of fearless? How can we get back to a brighter future for all American? It'll take a someone like FDR who welcomed the hatred of corporate America. Does that person exist? Right now, the rich and powerful are quite happy to keep us fighting amongst ourselves over social issues while they rob us blind.

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