December 19, 2010
AND THERE WAS MUCH REJOICING
Yesterday, the Senate finally repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell with a majority of 63. And no, I do not count the majority of the 65 that the actual voting came away with. The two Senators who voted in the straight up and down vote, but tried to block it from coming up for the vote in the first place are just cowardly douchebags.
And no, I will not give credit to Black Barry, either.
The reason why this thing passed now? Because, gosh, for once the Democrats didn't try to hide the bill, which is a civil rights bill, make no mistake about that, in some other bullshit legislation, attempting to sneak it through.
And that is how you do these things.
You don't play games.
You force assholes like Senator Maverick McCain to show their true face of ugly hatred. Hey, Johnny... guess what, did you know there were Negros in your beloved army? And how they disturbed the battle readiness during the Vietnam War. And the Gulf War. And the Iraq War.
Yeah. You force them to show their true faces.
And you beat them down.
In other words, the Democrats in the House (later in the Senate, but primarily the ones in the House) did what Black Barry had not had the spine to do.
They showed it. That spine. That backbone that stated, "this is who we are, this is what we believe in, we believe in the same rights for everybody, and if you don't like it, tell the rest of America, tell it to the rest of the world, how free we really are, how much we belive in civil rights, motherfuckers!"
And there was much rejoicing! Unless you count those who are so insecure in their own heterosexuality, so insecure in their manhoods that they still believe that being gay is a socially transmittable disease (STD, right?)
Me? If I were to be in a ditch again, I'd share it with somebody who can shoot straight and not necessarily somebody who is straight. Because, yes, it is my ass on the line, and I have met enough gay men in my life to know that they don't just stare at it. My ass, I mean.
And there was much rejoicing.
And yet, it is somewhat sad that it is merely one step for them. Now they can at least die openly, in wars that shouldn't have been started to begin with, for a country that still lies to them and their straight brothers.
Are they free now?
No. But a little bit more free than they were on Friday.
And we should be grateful for that.
Now, let us do the same for the 9/11 heroes who are suffering for so many illnesses they contracted at Ground Zero. It isn't that hard. Put it on the table again. A single bill. And let the Republicans show that they are only willing to use those heroes as political cannon fodder.
Let them show their true faces to the American public.
Again. And again. And again.
No more backroom deals.
Show the bastards a fight.