Wow, and I thought the debate last night was eye-opening. We have already discussed here the remarkable reactions Republican candidates have been getting to things such as killing of criminals, “Yeah! Cheers! Horray!” and sick people who are uninsured, “Let him die!” My friends and I cringed when we heard these reactions during the primary debates.
Then, last night, Rick Santorum (just Google him) shared with the audience that he would like to re-instate ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, which was just repealed this week. Here’s how it played out. Be sure to read on to the outrageous poll after the break.
QUESTION via YouTube from Stephen Hill, a soldier who’s currently serving in Iraq: In 2010, when I was deployed to Iraq, I had to lie about who I was, because I’m a gay soldier and I didn’t want to lose my job.
My question is, under one of your presidencies, do you intend to circumvent the progress that’s been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?
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SANTORUM: Yeah, I — I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they’re making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to — to — and removing “don’t ask/don’t tell” I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military’s job is to do one thing, and that is to defend our country.
We need to give the military, which is all-volunteer, the ability to do so in a way that is most efficient at protecting our men and women in uniform.
And I believe this undermines that ability.
MEGYN KELLY of Fox News: So what — what — what would you do with soldiers like Stephen Hill? I mean, he’s — now he’s out. He’s — you know, you saw his face on camera. When he first submitted this video to us, it was without his face on camera. Now he’s out. So what would you do as president?
SANTORUM: I think it’s — it’s — it’s — look, what we’re doing is playing social experimentation with — with our military right now. And that’s tragic.
I would — I would just say that, going forward, we would — we would reinstitute that policy, if Rick Santorum was president, period.
That policy would be reinstituted. And as far as people who are in — in — I would not throw them out, because that would be unfair to them because of the policy of this administration, but we would move forward in — in conformity with what was happening in the past, which was, sex is not an issue. It is — it should not be an issue. Leave it alone, keep it — keep it to yourself, whether you’re a heterosexual or a homosexual.
To me, what’s worse is the reaction readers over at New York Daily News who are currently voting in a poll 82 to 17 percent in favor of Santorum’s remarks. This is terrifying, not just for America as a society but those soldiers defending America who have recently come out.
Where would they be in Rick Santorum’s America? Or for that matter, any of the GOP candidates, none of whom disagreed with the audience last night. This might be the first time I’ve ever seen the GOP go against the military.
Hit up the poll and share your voice. Please.
Don’t even get me started on their reasoning for DADT, which I realize was signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton.
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