John Shields

I'm Done Asking. It's Time to Tell. No, make that "Demand."

Filed By John Shields | June 09, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Barack Obama, civil rights, Congress, Don't Ask Don't Tell, gay marriage, Rachel Maddow, reid

I'm sick and tired of "asking" for our civil rights. I am appalled at LGBTQ kids getting murdered or committing suicide because they are "queer" to their classmates. I am more than disgusted at having the "voters" decide who I can and cannot love, all the while taking our tax dollars to pay for our nation's schools, infrastructure and ever-expanding needs.

And I am livid many American politicians are comfortable with gay and lesbian servicemembers serving, and dying, for our country in silence - simply so either the Democratic or Republican incumbent gets re-elected.

Rachel Maddow, keeping the political establishment's feet to the fire, had Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) on her show recently, speaking of President Obama's ability to issue an executive order to ensure no more gay and lesbian servicemembers are kicked out of the military simply because they are gay.

I'm tired of LGBTQ issues being "kicked down the political road" while we suffer and die for "the greater good."

The world is changing, and American's attitudes are changing also. The Republicans are losing grip of more than just power, they are losing grip of public opinion and - importantly, elections. And if the Democratic leadership doesn't understand the political ground is shifting under their feet, they may also be out of a job.

It's time for the president and congressional leaders to give our servicemembers the respect they deserve, and get off the fence - as our soldiers, airmen, seamen and Marines are serving in silence - and not sitting on the frikkin' fence.

It's time for the Democratically-controlled Congress to Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, and for President "fierce advocate to repeal DADT" Obama to issue an executive stop-loss order NOW.

Otherwise our political leaders - from the president on down the political ladder - are looking, and acting, like cowards. And that is beneath contempt.


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Very interesting. It articulates a position that i myself hold so thanks for posting it.

Chitown Kev | June 9, 2009 12:12 PM

Well put.

I concur.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | June 9, 2009 12:54 PM

HOW IS IT MY PARTNER SPENT 13 YEARS IN THE AIR FORCE AND COULD NOT TOLERATE 7 MORE TO SECURE A MILITARY PENSION?

You have your answer.

Rick Sours | June 9, 2009 2:12 PM

I agree completely with your comments. We (members
of the LGBT community) are treated as second class
citizens at best. This has to stop.

The military has a saying "Its better to beg forgiveness than ask permission"

The entire time I was in the military, I never begged and never asked for what I knew was right.

I demanded.

I recently wrote about this on my blog (and unsuccessfully tried to get it posted on here...oops!)...but as a former Air Force Personnel Technician (whose job it was to kick people out of the military) I agree!

Here's my blog link to the article, if it's ok:

http://theworldofhowey.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/with-the-stroke-of-a-pen/

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | June 10, 2009 8:25 AM

Howey, your blog page is excellent. An absolute must read. Usually it is only well past the time that something should be done that something happens.

Kudos!

Thanks, Robert!

Comments on the blog are welcome! I'm looking for a few guest posters too, if anyone's interested!

Awaken, Unite, DEMAND and Fight!

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | June 10, 2009 12:27 PM

Obama's hardening hostility towards the LGBT communities is nowhere more apparent than in the fight to end DADT. This latest move in the Supreme Court is a stab in the back for GI's facing discrimination, loss of benefits, harassment and occasionally violence.

You have to wonder what Congressional Democrats and Obama have against GLBT soldiers and for that matter all GIs. He disapproves of challenges to DADT and Democrats in Congress refuse to repeal DADT after being a majority for the last three years. Obama and the Democrats are aping Nixon’s Vietnam era mistake of trying to defeat the insurgency by enlarging and expanding the war against civilians in Southwest Asia.

As of today 5014 GI’s have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and a further 15,000 plus have sustained disabling wounds. The US military command in Iraq admits only 186 suicides but the numbers are probably much larger and add up to thousands if you count returning vets unable to cope with wounds including PTSD. Scandalously the government refuses to fund the huge costs of taking care of suicidal vets and those badly injured by PSTD. Over a million civilians have been murdered by Clinton’s food/medicine embargo, the Bush invasions and Obama’s continued occupation.

suicide counts; http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/opinion/07sun3.html?_r=2&th&emc=th

How many more GIs and innocent civilians will have to die before Obama and the US military command are defeated as ignominiously as they and Nixon were in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Hopefully the combined efforts of the Iraqi oil workers union, the US civilian and GI antiwar movements and the determined resistance of the Iraqi and Afghan people can end it sooner rather than later.

In the meantime we should do everything we can to discourage LGBT youth from enlisting to murder muslims so Chevron-Texaco and Haliburton can get rich and we should demand that Obama order courts martial for all officers and others charged with hate crimes and especially rape of women in the military.

We should do and say nothing that implies support for Obama’s murderous oil war. Support for the war is a betrayal of the LGBT and antiwar struggles.

Another day, another post about this on my blog.

With the majority of Americans supporting gays serving in the military, why hasn't something been done?

A child can demand a cookie, but since the child has no tangable "power" in the household (no physical strength, no money...perhaps influence, but parents still the final decision), any "demand" for a cookie is ultimately whining.

We're still whining. Begging. Pleading.
Why NOT demand with our wallets behind us?
Americans will continue to ignore us until we wake up their wallets.

AHA! Seems like the NYT reads my blog!

SANTA BARBARA, CA, June 10, 2009 – The New York Times editorial page has called on President Obama to consider signing an executive order suspending the military’s gay ban, urging him to “see if there is indeed any action he could take on his own.”

Referring to Obama’s stroke-of-the-pen authority to issue stop-loss orders which prevent service members from leaving the military, the Times states, “How much better to use the power to prevent the loss of gay service members eager to keep serving.”

The Times joins a growing chorus calling for an executive action including Congressman Rush Holt, Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center CEO Lorri Jean, and Knights Out, an organization of West Point graduates co-founded by Dan Choi, the Arabic translator about to be discharged because he's gay.

http://www.palmcenter.org/press/dadt/releases/NYT+Urges+Obama+to+Consider+Executive+Order+on+Gays