The other night during the most recent Republican debate, a Youtube clip was aired of a gay soldier stationed in Iraq asking if Rick Santorum would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Before Santorum could answer, a few in the audience boo’ed. How dare this guy defend this country while being a homosexual. It’s been reported that only a few people let out boos and the rest of the audience glared at them menacingly. It’s not so much the booing that’s disturbing, but the fact that NONE of the candidates on stage discouraged it, or expressed anything negative about it. The other disturbing part was the audience cheering Santorum’s answers.
I’m not worried about Rick Santorum revering a policy, thus taking this country even further backwards, because Rick Santorum has a worse chance of surviving the primaries than a mouse in a cat factory. What worries me is that Rick Santorum’s views are shared by a majority of his party and a huge chunk of our population.
Santorum said the military is no place for social experimenting. It’s not a social experiment there, Little Ricky, by letting anyone qualified serve their country. Was it a social experiment when blacks were allowed to serve alongside whites? Was it a social experiment allowing women into the military? I’m sure a lot of people made arguments it was.
Santorum also said that we shouldn’t make sex an issue, then went on to say that we’ll go back to using sexual affiliation as a reason to ban certain people from serving in the military. Sometimes when a Republican speaks I think they can’t hear themselves, they can’t hear the irony or the contradicting statements they made in the same sentence.
Democrats and liberals are often accused of not supporting our troops. Republicans make a big deal about it. If you don’t support the war then you must hate the troops and you’re probably treasonous. That was a big implication from the Bush administration. But then a gay soldier, in the line of combat, addresses the GOP and not only is he boo’ed, but his service is totally disrespected by EVERY current GOP candidate for the presidency.
Here’s the rough.