During Wednesdays CNN/You Tube GOP Presidential Debate, all the Republican candidates expressed their support of the military's discriminatory "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. Retired brigadier general Keith Kerr, who served 43 years in the military, asked the question: "I want to know why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians." The audience booed him! All of the GOP candidates reaffirmed their support of the policy which does not allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, though none gave reasonable explanations to justify their position. The right-wingnuts accused Gen. Kerr of being a plant by the Hillary Clinton campaign since he is part of her LGBT steering committee, while the Clinton campaigned denied being behind Kerr's question. Right-Wingers are so good at changing the subject and diverting attention away from real issues.
Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, is surging in Iowa and other polls, and could become the GOP Presidential candidate. A conservative Baptist minister, Huckabee is gaining support among the Christian Right, though some are debating whether he could beat Hillary Clinton and are considering voting for Giuliani or Romney. But as more Republicans learn about Huckabee, he will gain popularity and could win the nomination, or at least be number 2 on the GOP ticket. Unlike Romney or Giuliani, Huckabee is a true conservative, especially on social issues like abortion and gay rights. Huckabee could win some moderate support because of his more "compassionate" views on immigration and somewhat populist economic views concerning the poor. Since he is from Arkansas, he has a long history dealing with the Clintons and could be a nightmare for Hillary Clinton. But there is a lot the public doesn't know about Huckabee yet and it remains to be seen whether he can win popular support in the general election. Here's two articles everyone should read to learn the TRUTH about Huckabee:
Matt Taibbi in the Rolling Stone shows that Mike Huckabee is Not a Sane Man He does not believe in evolution and blames abortion for the immigration problem...
"The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost aid he failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," write McClellan. "So I stood at the White House briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aids in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. There was one problem. It was not true. I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so. Rove, Libby, the Vice President, the President's chief of staff, and THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF."
According to the evidence in the Scooter Libby trial, Dick Cheney was directly involved in the outing of Valerie Plame, a CIA agent, which is an impeachable CRIME! If Bush was involved as well, he also committed an IMPEACHABLE CRIME! Add this one to the long list of high crimes committed by Bush and Cheney!
Rep. Steve Cohen D-TN-9) is one of over 20 co-sponsors of Dennis Kucinich's Resolution to Impeach Dick Cheney (HR-333). He has been a frequent guest on Air America's Randi Rhodes radio program discussing the issue, and he needs the support of his constituents in TN Dist. 9! While many Democratic "leaders" are afraid to hold impeachment hearings to investigate the crimes of Bush and Cheney, Kucinich and Steve Cohen, along with the other 20 co-sponsors, are showing some political courage to take on the political establishment and hold Cheney and Bush accountable for their crimes and defend the U.S. Constitution. If you want Congress to hold impeachment hearings and investigate the crimes of Cheney & Bush, please contact Cohen and Kucinich and let them know that YOU support impeachment hearings!
We also need to organize a Shelby County/Mid-South Impeachment Committee to organize local protests and townhall meetings and work toward getting local resolutions passed supporting impeachment. At some point, we should have a townhall meeting with Rep. Steve Cohen to share our views on impeachment.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) The vote was 235-185, mostly along party lines. The Bill (HR 3685) did not include gender identity so it does not protect transgender people from discrimination. The bill divided the gay community and civil rights groups. The HRC supported the bill withouth gender identity, while the NGLTF and Stonewall Democrats led a coalition to include gender identity. Democratic leaders in the House, including Rep. Barney Frank, decided to bring the bill to a vote without gender identity and offer an amendment to add it. The amendment, offered by Tammy Baldwin, was withdrawn because of the lack of votes to pass it. So it's a mixed deal. After 30 years, ENDA has finally passed the House. Even if the Senate passes it, Bush will probably veto it. With the passage of the Hate Crime bill and ENDa, the Democrats in Congress have fulfilled part of their promises to the gay community, and will also probably pass a "military readiness" bill to overturn the "don't ask don't tell" policy prohibiting gays from serving openly in the U.S. military.
The GOP tried to kill the bill by arguing that it would legalize gay marriage (?) and tried to adjourn the House to stop the vote.
Those gay Republicans who continue to argue that the Democrats never deliver on their promises to the gay community are lying.. as usual. In the meantime, the Republican Presidential candidates continue to ignore the gay community and are pandering for the endorsements of the anti-gay Christian Right. Pat Robertson has endorsed Guilianni, Sam Brownback has endorsed John McCain and the Paul Weyrich has endorsed Mitt Romney. The GOP continues its march towards Fascism.
The worthless Democratic "Majority Leader" Steny Hoyer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi worked to kill Dennis Kucinich's resolution to impeach Dick Cheney, while Republicans voted to keep the debate going to "embarass" the Democrats and to accuse them of wasting time debating impeachment. Hoyer, Pelosi and Harry Reid seem to agree with the GOP that it is more important to pass resolutions threatening Iran than to defend our constitution from the Bush/Cheney criminals.
Too bad the Democratic "leadership" does not have the political spine to defend the U.S. Constitution and hold Bush and Cheney accountable for their crimes. Is the Democratic Party becoming totally useless and pathetic? Dick Cheney has an "approval" rating of 10%! 54% of the American people support IMPEACHING him! Is there ONE testicle among all the Democratic "leaders" in Congress?
According to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll, 50 percent of the American people STRONGLY DISAPPROVE of George W. Bush's performance as President. That's up from 44% last year. This is the first time in modern U.S. history that half of the citizens of this country strongly disapprove of a President! Bush even beats Nixon with 48%!
Here's another Republican "Anti-gay" gay sex scandal! Washington state GOP Representative Richard Curtis apparently dressed in women's red stockings and a black sequined lingerie and had sex with a male escort/porn model, Cody Castagna. Curtis claims that Castagna is blackmailing him for $1,000, Castagno says that Curtis agreed to pay him $1,000 for unprotected sex acts in his hotel room in Spokane. Oh yes, Rep. Curtis is opposed to gay rights and voted against them over and over, and claims he is NOT gay, even though he also rented several gay porn videos.