As right-wing, anti-gay crazies continue to get buried alive in the culture war, their positions increasingly discredited (and sometimes laughable-if-they-weren’t-scary), expect the rhetoric to turn increasingly nasty. They’re caught in a downward spiral, where each advance for LGBT rights and (in the bargain) dignity occasions more desperately out-of-touch fulminations, which, in turn, will continue to marginalize them and lead to further advances. Here are a couple of representative reactions:
Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council:
Or this, from Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, bearing the hysterical title: “Benedict Arnold Republicans Destroy Military and Our National Security” (not “compromise,” or “weaken” — destroy! Our military, as of now, is no more).
The Saturday morning cloture vote on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was the critical vote. It needed 60 votes and got 63, because of Republican renegades Scott Brown, Mark Kirk, George Voinovich, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. If these traitors to national defense had voted in line with the Republican Party platform, the cloture motion would have received just 57 votes and would have failed.
The final vote on the bill itself, requiring just 51 votes, was a mere formality after the cloture vote.
“Esprit and cohesion are necessary for military effectiveness and success on the battlefield. To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America’s Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, For those who say the Republican Party does not need a litmus test for its candidates, you just lost the argument and frittered away the strength of the U.S. military at the same time.
The armies of other nations have allowed gays to serve openly in the military. The reason they could afford to do this is simple: they could allow homosexuals to serve in their military because we didn’t allow them to serve in ours.
They knew they could count on the strength, might, power, and cohesion of the U.S. military to intervene whenever and wherever necessary to pull their fannies out of the fire and squash the forces of tyranny wherever they raised their ugly heads around the world.
Those days are now gone. We will no longer be able to bail out these other emasculated armies because ours will now be feminized and neutered beyond repair, and there is no one left to bail us out. We have been permanently weakened as a military and as a nation by these misguided and treasonous Republican senators, and the world is now a more dangerous place for us all.
It’s past time for a litmus test for Republican candidates. This debacle shows what happens when party leaders are careless about the allegiance of candidates to the fundamental conservative principles expressed in the party’s own platform.
Character-driven officers and chaplains will eventually be forced out of the military en masse, potential recruits will stay away in droves, and re-enlistments will eventually drop like a rock. The draft will return with a vengeance and out of necessity. What young man wants to voluntarily join an outfit that will force him to shower naked with males who have a sexual interest in him and just might molest him while he sleeps in his bunk?
I don’t even need to analyze this one.
Many more, along the same lines, are collected here for your reading…pleasure? horror? disbelief?
It’s going to keep getting uglier, but that’s because it keeps getting better.