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Maverick

Posted by keithosaunders on July 28, 2017

John McCain voted against Donald Trump’s draconian health care bill and once again people are hailing him as a maverick.  I’m happy with his vote but less effusive than most.  He’s got nothing to lose by voting his conscience.  I’m wondering if he was persuaded to come to Washington by moderate Senators who couldn’t afford to spend the political capital.

At any rate it’s remarkable that so many Senators – 49 – would vote for a bill that would essentially deny many Americans health care, defacto condemning a portion of them to death.  These people should rot in hell.

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Don’t ask, just do it!

Posted by keithosaunders on December 2, 2010

Certain things in life seem obvious to me.  There are so many complicated issues to deal with such as the economy, global warming, the situation in the Mideast, and our porous education system.  It is maddening to me that so much time and money has gone into proving that gay people should be allowed to serve in the military without fear of repercussions. 

This is where Barack Obama comes up short.  This should be the easiest thing he has to do in his administration.  Forget the Republicans, they will oppose him at any turn.  They have proven this unequivocally by failing to back a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.  Enough with the bi-partisanship.  This is about doing the right thing;  it is about proving that we are indeed a nation that does not discriminate based on color, religion, or sexual orientation.

Even allowing that there are a small percentage of servicemen who are homophobes, are we to believe that these people would feel threatened by serving alongside a gay man or woman?  I thought they were supposed to be tough! 

Here’s John McCain:

“I couldn’t disagree more,” Mr. McCain shot back. “We send these young people into combat, we think they’re mature enough to fight and die. I think they’re mature enough to make a judgment on who they want to serve with and the impact on their battle effectiveness.” 

Aren’t we lucky this man is not commander in chief? 

First of all, most of them would not object to serving alongside a gay person.  Second of all, it’s not up to the soldiers;  they are there to serve, not to effect policy.  Furthermore, aren’t we more than a little ashamed of this policy?  It’s bad enough that this country has a history of virulent racism.  You would think that we would be anxious to be rid of a policy that not only demeans, but embarrasses us. 

So I’m imploring Obama:  Don’t waste yours, or our time with superfluous commissions.  This one is a no-brainer.  Repeal it and dare the homophobes to defy you.

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