Be better if they respected equality rather than saying “that fight is over” …
Like this makes them any less prejudiced. They seem to be trying to gain votes by saying “we won’t do this bad thing if you vote for us.” How meaningless! They should be saying “we will do these good things if you vote for us.”
They’re still horribly prejudiced and stuck centuries behind where they should be and they’re about to suffer a humiliating defeat.
Only a fool would trust or believe the anti-gay Christian Right Wing government.
I don’t believe this as far as I could kick ‘em across the Potomac. How many other “promises” have been made, only to be broken at the first possible moment? Don’t trust ‘em, don’t vote for ‘em, don’t want ‘em living in my town.
uhmm i don’t care. i still wouldn’t vote for these ignorant bible thumpers.
Somehow I don’t believe them. A leopard does not change its spots.
Even the Republicans have to realise that reintroducing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and overturning decisions to allow marriage equality will be akin to flogging a dead horse. The percentage of Americans willing to accept LGBT rights is increasing and at the end of the day they will be voting in the elections.
So the issue is safe for now.
We must still be vigilant, as any of these man made laws can be repealed at any time.
Not worth the paper they are printed on.
Be alert and aware, everyone.
Not sure what you prefer to man made law?
it would probably be virtually impossible to reintroduce this policy now.
Imagine the litigation they were letting the armed forces in for- there are probably thousands and thousands of OUT service personnel- how could they possibly go back in again! Impossible!
“that fight is over” is GOP code for “we’re pooling all our homophobic resources into DOMA now but throwing the queers a table scrap to retain the log cabin vote”.
“Republicans won’t reintroduce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ if elected, one lawmaker says.”
Nice try, pal. Nice try…
I believe them, not because they are intrinsically honest, but because even they are not crazy enough to do it.
Not convinced it isnt that crazy.
Bear in mind the history of this party.
All US politicians had a fateful choice to make in the 1960s. Would they side with the civil rights movement or the resistance to civil rights?
The Republican Party went after ‘disenchanted’ voters with a passion, promising – in code, of course – to keep black people in their place. This “Southern strategy” turned the South from solid Democratic to solid Republican and enabled the GOP to form majorities to win elections.
Now the party is paying the price for selling its soul. It dangled intolerance and fear to draw new voters. So, not surprisingly, intolerance and fear are now a major part of the Republican base, which had fits when a black man was elected president.
The base staged tantrums and demanded its country back and called itself the Tea Party. It lashed out at President Obama, calling him simultaneously and contradictorily a Muslim and the disciple of a mad Christian preacher; a Communist and a
N4zi. The base questioned the president’s citizenship, pooh-poohing even notices of his birth in Honolulu newspapers at the time he was born.
The Republican base’s vitriol, born of the Southern strategy, also shows in its opposition to immigration, gay rights and “big government.”
The problem for the party is that the Southern strategy is not the winner it once was. It used to be that the strategy gained far more in white votes than it lost in black votes. No longer. The white share of the electorate is shrinking; the non-white share is expanding.
Karl Rove (President Bush’s brain) recognized that fact and tried to push comprehensive immigration reform to woo Hispanics. But the GOP base blocked that move. And Hispanic support for the Republican Party dropped.
Not that the base cares. The vituperative base views any compromise as betrayal, whatever the consequences.So presidential candidate Mitt Romney is forced to downplay his singular achievement as Massachusetts governor:
health care reform. And Republicans in Congress are barred from making concessions that would raise taxes on the rich just modestly even though that’s what the country wants.
The GOP finds itself in a policy straitjacket that will hamper the party in winning elections – a straitjacket the party weaved for itself out of intolerance and fear.
So, I think they are pretty crazy and will try anything to fan the fire of intolerance and fear.
I don’t question your general picture of the GOP’s current state and its recent history. But by saying they aren’t crazy enough to try to restore DADT, I was refering to what I take to be their cynical pragmatism. If they tried to bring it back they would waste loads of time – and political capital, more importantly. Millions of ordinary Americans, right, left and centre, who no longer see out lgbt people serving in the military as any big deal, would just be turned off in droves. The Rep leadership knows this, even if it has to tell comforting lies to its mad religious base (which I suspect it will try to dump during the next decade).
I hope you are right.
GOP have had a history of behaving in ways that might be seen as political self harm in the past, though.
Two words: Republicans lie.
Believe that and you believe the moon is made of swiss cheese…Never trust a right wing nut carrying a bible…
Liar, liar, pants are on fire. Who cares about someone who is essentially a back-bencher? That won’t stop the Republican leadership. Also, what about their bills to ban same-gender marriages on bases? They’ve tried to stick that on legislation repeatedly. When it comes to LGBT civil rights, the Republican party is nearly always a mortal enemy, especially when they say “trust us.”
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