Friday, May 28, 2010

5 Republicans support the repeal of DADT.

It pains me to write this, but 5 Republican Representatives voted for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" last night; against the will of the United States Military, the Chiefs of all four Military branches, and common sense. It's not just the fact that our Military's opinion was thrown right out the window, but that this repeal will go into effect, even if the Department of Defense rules the change "hostile" to troop morale and cohesion.

While 26 Congressional Democrats sided with the overwhelming Republican opposition, the measure still passed with general ease; once again over the objections of the United States Military. Those 26 Congressional Democrats deserve some recognition for standing with our Military, but those 5 Republicans who sided against our United States Military for either political or personal reasons, should be ashamed of themselves:

Congressman Cao (LA 02).

Congressman Djou (HA 01).

Congresswoman Biggert (IL 13).

Congressman Paul (TX 14).

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (FL 18)

Representatives Cao, Djou, and Biggert do reside in "blue districts", and their vote (atleast Cao and Djou) would probably be different if their congressional district was located in Southern Kansas or Northern Oklahoma, but Congressman Paul just doesn't care about troop morale or cohesion, and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, even though she is a fierce Conservative legislator, favors the "gay agenda", regardless of political or realistic circumstance.

Than again opposing the United States Military for political reason is worse than supporting legislation that provides personal wealth. Look at Congressman Castle of Delaware; he's running for United States Senate in one of the deepest blue states in America, and even though a vote like this could be used against him in November, he still stood with the Military; that's real courage.

I hope Senate Republicans (40 of whom oppose repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell) with the help of Senator Webb (D-Virginia), can filibuster Democratic attempts to "social engineer" our United States Military, and to hopefully force our Congress, and the President, to await the much anticipated Department of Defense survey of over 350,000 American soldiers (due out in December), and their valued opinions on what such change of policy would have on them.

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1 comment:

Joe C. said...

Mr. K., how does supporting a policy that results in the firing of otherwise good soldiers good for the military?