Patriarchy and policy

   There have been numerous debates over the repeal of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell.” Leaders like McCain want to select who can sustain membership of our Armed forces based on one’s sexuality. They say not now, but the question is when? When can ordinary human beings extricate themselves from closets of intolerance? Those that serve for the sake of ‘democracy’ risk their lives to preserve the ‘freedom’ that Americans so happily praise. McCain and other leaders claim, “Troops would quit in droves” if Congress changes the policy. He also states that troops are “Mature enough to make a judgment on who they want to serve with and the impact on their battle effectiveness.” How does it make sense to have people fight for America, for the “freedom” that is highly preserved, yet they cannot experience the full freedom that is rightfully due to them? If that were the case, then why not drive change towards that mentality of discrimination instead of perpetuating it within laws and policies. This is just another positioning of second-class citizenship to a marginalized group by the profiteers of patriarchy. That is truly “moral” and “democratic” leadership there McCain. Ignorance must be bliss for you.

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  • nazza

    I would say that McCain is highly aware of what he is doing. He’s attempting to keep his job by posturing to the Right. Right now, his positions blow with the wind of popular opinion. Moderates like McCain have no place in the GOP anymore, so he’s had to reverse course completely.

    And I suspect some of this is just pure spite. He is still smarting from his loss in 2008 and quite bitter about it. He is the person that, for better or for worse, gave us Sarah Palin. Based on what I read, McCain thinks his arm was twisted into selecting her and fears that the blame will fall squarely upon his head.