It appears one of the most shameful filibusters in recent history will be overcome, as New York’s two senators said they have the votes to pass the bill providing health care benefits and compensation to sick first responders of the 9/11 attacks.
“We are on the verge of a Christmas miracle,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. after a deal with Republicans was reached on a new way to pay for the measure.
Remember the furor after John Kerry told a high school audience, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
When John Kerry stands up and implies that the members of our armed forces now engaged in a bloody and dangerous war on behalf of the American people are a bunch of poorly educated high school dropouts, he is expressing what his colleagues in the Democrat leadership believe. The only difference between Kerry and the rest of his party’s bigwigs is that they aren’t stupid enough to say so in public.
Yet many Republicans who oppose DADT say the troops can’t handle interaction with gays and lesbians. In other words, our heroes are A.) vain and B.) immature. I give them a little more credit, just as I did four years ago when I criticized Kerry
“A majority of Americans have grown up at a time [when] they don’t think exclusion is the right thing for the United States to do,” said North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), a surprising, if reluctant, “yes” vote on repeal. “It’s not the accepted practice anywhere else in our society, and it only makes sense.”
So why treat our military differently? Because they can’t handle what the rest of the society already has?
They deserve a little more credit than that.