Friday, September 23, 2011
Booing Our Troops at the GOP Debate
In "Dr. Strangelove," Gen. "Buck" Turgidson and his secretary "Miss Scott" seem to have violated the Rick Santorum military-sex policies.
There was a very telling incident last night at another one of those evidently interminable Republican presidential candidate debates. This came when some in the crowd booed a YouTube video of Stephen Hill, a gay soldier in Iraq discussing the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."
Here's a clip of that special moment in American politics.
Some news accounts today downplay the incident, and several assert that only one idiot booed. From the clip, it's clear to me that more than one person booed.
However, what's profoundly inexcusable is that none of the candidates on the stage had the guts to immediately take a stand and simply interject that booing this man was utterly inexcusable. All it took was the teeniest, tiniest measure of guts, and not one of them had it.
Of course, Rick Santorum, who's probably the dumbest person to be considered a presidential candidate in my lifetime (and I know that's saying something, especially when Michele Bachmann is still around), had the stupidest answer to the question the soldier had posed about whether the candidates would re-impose the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Santorum has never seen any kind of military service. His military expertise is probably limited to his G.I. Joe doll collection -- oh, and the fact that both of his parents were taxpayer-paid Civil Service employees in the VA hospital bureaucracy. Anyway, Santorum began his answer (of course he'd reimpose the ridiculous policy) with this hilarious assertion:
"I would say that any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military ..."