Who opposes rescinding Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?
McCain drags out his “War Hero” card yet again to “defend” our troops. This is not the first time that McCain has used his military career in the service of the GOP. During the 2006 presidential election, I posted When Heroes Fail which outlined McCain’s shameful exercise of senatorial powers to make certain that the Vietnam War Missing In Action and Prisoners of War soldiers would be forever forgotten.
“When [McCain] walked out of Vietnam with the 591 prisoners of war who were released after the war, he left behind 614 men who were held back as a bargaining chip for a requested 3.5 million dollars in post-war reparations by the Vietnamese.
This ransom was never paid. These men never came home.”
When families of MIA/POWs were able to get The Truth Bill passed which fined and punished those who would stonewall information about these men, McCain sponsored The McCain Bill which gutted The Truth Bill. He lied on the Senate floor that his bill had the support of the MIA/POW families.
When faced with satellite photographs which clearly showed an MIA’s name and secret code carved in the grass on a Vietnamese hillside, McCain’s committee called it an accident of “shadows and vegetation”. The outside photo expert working as a Pentagon contractor resigned, saying, “If grass can spell out people's names and a secret digit codes, then I have a newfound respect for grass”.
This is the formidable opposition that Progressives and the LGBT community face.
What kind of reaction would follow Obama signing an executive order to rescind DADT?
Faux News Show would have a field day portraying Obama as the Black, Islamic, non-native-born pretender to the Presidency who is forcing our brave men and women in uniform to tolerate homosexuals within their ranks. Forget that many of those brave men and women who serve our nation are gay.
It is my contention that opposition to LGBT rights would be strengthened by any unilateral action on Obama’s part.
I have read that the LGBT community has abandoned Obama because he has not fulfilled promises made. Never mind that a vote for The Green Party or staying home on Election Day would serve to elect the powerful and entrenched racist homophobic party of McCain.
Is that what the LBGT community wants?