Boehner Thinks Gay Servicemembers Are Either Not American or Inhuman

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Monday, February 01, 2010 at 10:13 am

This is one weird comment on President Obama’s proposed repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” from House GOP leader John Boehner (R-Ohio):

Boehner predicted that any action on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would lead to a “divisive debate” and “do nothing more than distract the real debate that should occur here about helping to get our economy going again and getting American people back to work.

That’s via VetVoice’s Richard Allen Smith, who observes:

Repealing DADT would allow qualified gay troops who have been discharged as a result of the failed, discriminatory policy to return to work.  It would also allow qualified gay Americans who have heard the call to service in uniform to serve their country without sacrificing their integrity.

As best I can tell, either John Boehner doesn’t really want Americans to have jobs in a field in which they are qualified to serve, he doesn’t think gays are real Americans, or he doesn’t think they are people.

Tomorrow afternoon, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee about repealing the ban on gay servicemembers serving openly.

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Dennis
Comment posted February 1, 2010 @ 10:58 am

This has to be one of the greatest distortions that I have ever seen of a quote between what someone clearly meant and what a journalist puts in his headline about the quote.

I can only imagine what other blogs will pick up on this and repeat it with the same nefarious intentions.


CitizenPoet
Comment posted February 1, 2010 @ 11:28 am

The RepubliCons still say no,
But it's time for DADT to go.

http://www.CitizenPoet.com


Opie Curious
Comment posted February 1, 2010 @ 11:34 am

In what way is it a distortion, Dennis? Boehner says the real issue is putting Americans back to work. I agree! And one thing that keeps costing jobs is DADT. So how else should we square Boehner's stated belief that a) DADT is distracting and divisive but b) jobs are the first priority?


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Dennis
Comment posted February 1, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

If Barack Obama has been focused on jobs, but to date has not done much to repeal DADT, why don't we have the same headline about him here? Why not a hue and cry from MR. Ackerman that Barack Obama does not care about jobs since he's done nothing so far on DADT? Does Mr.Ackerman think Barack Obama also thinks gay service men are either not American or inhuman?

The contention is ridiculous, just as is the title to this article.


youmustbejoking
Comment posted February 1, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

The president should have brought this to the forefront before now, but all the people screaming about doing too much would have screamed louder. But it is time to do away with DADT. All the people that have been or are facing discharge could serve without distraction, accomplishing on two fronts- one, they would have jobs and not be in the public market for positions others could then get and two, it can help to maintain our military numbers, needed because of the two wars still going. The larger our military, the fewer multiple deployments we will have. We are facing real burnout from military members being deployed 4 and 5 times without sufficient time in between. Not only for the enlisted but for the families that have to go through each deployment too. We don't need anything that will take capable and willing members of the military out of that service. Repeal DADT now!!


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Trotter
Comment posted February 1, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

I think DADT needs to be repealed but I agree with Dennis here. The headline is misleading and ridiculous. Of course, so is Boehner, but there's no need to get down in the mud with him.


-bwg
Comment posted February 2, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

Boehner should bring the matter before the House Committee on Un-American and In-Human Activities


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Comment posted February 2, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

Boehner should bring the matter before the House Committee on Un-American and In-Human Activities


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