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Republican Presidential Debate Crowd Boos A Soldier Serving In Iraq—Rick Santorum Says Dumbest Thing Ever

Here is what we have learned from the Republicans running for President in 2012—

* The chief of the Federal Reserve should be roughed up if he visits Texas according to Texas Governor Rick Perry.

* Texas-sized use of the death penalty is a cause for cheering.

* Letting the uninsured die is a cause for cheering.

Booing soldiers serving in Iraq is okay if they happen to be gay.

The Republicans are telling us all who and what they are.

What are you going to do it about it?

The work of freedom and democracy is up to each of us.

If this what the American people support in 2012, then we will all know where we stand in this country.

Also—Did you catch in the Republican debate that Rick Santorum said the following

“Any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military.” 

That may be the dumbest comment ever made by a candidate for public office.

That is something I would like to see Mr. Santorum try to enforce.

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September 23, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Senator Santorum is a wise man indeed.
    I mean, making military service something more akin to the Catholic clergy is something that would seem to be years ahead of the curve!

    The GOP is going to have to start conducting short “How to be an audience member at a debate” sessions sooner rather than later!

    Comment by Katy Anders | September 23, 2011

  2. Think Progress huh Neil? Is it progressive to twist the words of Perry. “We would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.” How do you interpret that to ROUGHED UP? As if he were threatening physical harm to Bernie if he visited Texas. If you are going to comment on something, comment on the facts. You said in another post that Hoffa said nothing wrong in his speech, where I quote him saying, ” …let’s take these S.O.Bs out..”. If you can defend Hoffa’s statement then how can you protest Perry’s?

    Texas will cheer the death of a degenerate any day. Why is that shocking? Would you prefer we keep them incarcerated until they die naturally? How much would that cost the state? What educational program would you suggest we cut to keep these threats to society in good health, educated, fed, sheltered and entertained?
    And then there will always be the argument when years from now and they are old, withering and possibly in a coma and the state decides to pull the plug. More outrage from the left will surely ensue.

    How dare anyone boo a gay soldier! Homo-phobes!! Don’t disagree with a man of color either. RACIST! These are the platforms that keep opinions from being considered and discussed. The moment a liberal senses there is a social prejudice they pull their triggers on an attack and are left in a cloud of smoke that blinds their views and with ears ringing they cannot hear the FACTS (Neil, that’s an analogy to firing a gun – sorry if it upsets you or maybe you won’t even understand it). Yes people booed, but were they booing a gay man in a uniform or were they booing the question the gay man asked? You must be able to see it could be either, right? Why so quick to think that Republicans hate the gays – because it gives you a reason to fight?

    Lets talk about facts. The military exists to defend this nation. Gay people, straight people and even people abstaining from sex are allowed in the military. That’s not the question. Should we be talking about it in regards to our military? Who gives a plug nickel if Patton liked to wear ladies underwear or if Nemitz danced in a tutu? It has no place in the conversation. Would a heterosexual soldier be reprimanded for talking about his sexploits openly around officers? Is that becoming a gentleman? I don’t think anyone wants to hear what Steve, Stephen or Stephanie did on leave. DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL – means it doesn’t matter and we shouldn’t even be discussing it. You say Santorum’s comment may be the dumbest ever made by a candidate – explain this PLEASE!!

    He said sexual activity has no place in the military. Tell me where sex belongs in the military? Does it have a place during Basic? Nope. Drop down and give me 20 means one thing and one thing only in the military. During combat training? Hit that, means only one thing in the military. During war? The Band of Brothers had one thing on their mind…surviving. On leave – OH YEAH. Leave = leaving the confines of the military structure. I am quite certain during all of these events, soldiers’ minds drift to those who they love and miss and, sure, sex. But that doesn’t mean the Dept. of Defense should set up “love tents” for soldiers to copulate.

    Neil, you slant things so far in your own direction, I don’t think you could ever get out of your own biased, fox hole.

    Comment by Mike | September 23, 2011

  3. Katy–The crowds at these debate are providing a helpful service of letting people see the Republican rank and file in clear view.

    Mike—Mr. Hoffa did not threaten violence. It was about politics if taken in the full context. Mr. Perry did, in my view, imply violence. We may just not come to same view on that question.

    I oppose the death penalty. So I would indeed keep them in jail for life. Many juries in Texas have reached the same decision about not using the death penalty when they have life without parole as an option. In many cases death penalty verdicts in the U.S. have been found to have been based on bad evidence or a bad system.

    I’ve never said that disagreeing with a person of color makes anybody a racist. That seems to be one of many assumptions you make about what a liberal person might think.

    As for firing a gun, I’ve never done that. I’ve no interest in doing so. I believe people have a right to own guns. If you want to go to firing range or go and hunt then more power to you. Though I will say that if someday government does decide to take away our freedoms—no doubt in league with big money of some kind –your gun(s) will not do so much against whatever weapons the government has. Since I don’t see my government as the enemy, I’m not so worried about the issue. I’m wary of any concentration of power. But society must have some structure.

    I think the military should be for all Americans who want to sign up. That strikes me as the most American way to view the question. Why not allow gay folks to join? Why is it even an issue? What is the problem?

    You don’t think active-duty soldiers have been screwing around in one way or another since Lexington and Concord?

    I make my blog posts with my views and I post your comments where you disagree. That seems to me like the American Way.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 23, 2011

  4. Though I will say that if someday government does decide to take away our freedoms—no doubt in league with big money of some kind –your gun(s) will not do so much against whatever weapons the government has.

    I imagine George III reached a similar wrong conclusion. And I’m glad that members of the Jewish resistance at Treblinka didn’t.

    But if you’re right — if we have a government that could not be deposed even if it became tyrannical — is that a good thing? The Founding Fathers certainly didn’t think so.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 23, 2011

  5. No–It is not a good thing. I’m just not certain what weapons everyday people could have that would match what the government has. Maybe we saw an example of that in the democracy protests in China in the late 80′s.

    At the same time, all the armed crazy people and crazy people on the road present an everyday menace to citizens such as you and I. I need government to protect me from those folks. Or to protect us all with health inspections of food establishments. There are a number of threats out there. Corporate control of our lives is another threat. There are many threats to freedom. I don’t get why the right just focuses on government when the world is full of dangerous people doing bad things outside of government.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 25, 2011

  6. I don’t get why the right just focuses on government when the world is full of dangerous people doing bad things outside of government.

    Because when governments go bad, the results make the worst private or corporate abuses look like a day at the beach.

    Incidentally, a private system of health inspections would likely be more rigorous and successful than the current public one. See the relative success of Underwriters Laboratories and the Consumer Product Safety Commission for precedent.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 26, 2011


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