As I write these words, a male or a female member of the United States armed forces is getting wounded or perhaps, is dying in the service of this nation. Back in Washington D.C., members of the United States Senate, few of whom have ever risked their lives in the struggle to keep America safe, have refused to allow discussion of a bill that would allow gays and lesbians to openly serve. Ironically, Senator John McCain, who did risk his life in the Vietnam war, was the leader in fighting against passage of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Senator Leahy of Vermont, who led the battle to get discussion of the change, was furious when only 57 United States Senators would vote to discuss the bill. As Leahy told Republicans: “Vote, yes or no, but at least have the courage to vote.”
Let’s face it, members of the Republican Party are cowards. Each of them has the right to vote against the change, but, damn it, if those young men and women have the courage to risk their lives, who the hell are you Republicans?
This is not the party of Abraham Lincoln or Theodore Roosevelt or Dwight D. Eisenhower.