So the left lost out yesterday in the controversial venues of immigration and gay rights. While three Democrats added their dissenting voices, it was the Senate Republicans, of course, who destroyed the hope and change captured in the F(iscal)Y(ear) 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, which – for some idiot reason – included the DREAM Act and a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Those mean and nasty Republicans! How dare they?
I am personally shocked and horrified that they would object to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s shameless attempt to hijack a bill meant to protect and uphold our troops for his own leftist agenda.
And for shame that the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that lobbies for gay rights, published disparaging remarks against Reid for his “partisan arrogance” in refusing to compromise with the opposition party.
The fact that even Republican-In-Name-Only (RINO) senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown and George Voinovich – who were largely expected to vote in favor of the measure – backed out, claiming that Reid’s decision to block Republican amendments was unfair and a deal-breaker, just goes to show that there is no hope for a party so stuck in archaic, party-toeing practices.
After all, the Republicans are the party of “No,” and therefore don’t deserve fair consideration. Everybody knows that.
As for John McCain’s argument that the chiefs of the Army, Navy Marines and Air Force oppose the repeal, that just goes to show how out of touch he is with what this country really needs. After all, as The Hill reports, a new CNN poll shows that 78% of Americans think that “people who are openly gay or homosexual” should be able to serve in the armed forces.”
For any crazy, right wing fundies out there who think that taking a CNN poll on the gay rights is less of a scientific inquiry than asking Fox News whether Obama is an idiot, who asked you? Despite what you’d like to think, there is no media conspiracy against the right. Just ask Chris Matthews and the thrill that goes up his leg when Obama speaks.
Immigration, Immigration, Immigration…
Now onto the lives Republicans ruined by voting against illegal immigrants’ children.
In order to demonstrate how mean-spirited and bigoted the right is in voting down the entire bill over this issue, let me quote from the Morning Bell by the Heritage Foundation, itself a hotbed of conservative thought:
“Why is Reid doing this? One only need look at the RealClearPolitics aggregate polling data: he is in a dead-heat reelection battle with State Rep. Sharon Angle (R). That is why Reid bypassed usual Senate procedure and included “the DREAM Act” in the defense bill. The DREAM Act creates a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16, have lived here for 5 years, and either serve in the military or attend college. But the bill also prohibits the government from deporting anyone who has even filed an application for the program. This essentially gives amnesty to anyone who applies regardless of whether they actually qualify for the act’s protections. Worse, the program would also allow applicants to sponsor their immediate family members for a green card. While current law prohibits sponsorship of illegal immigrants living in the United States, this leaves open the possibility that they could fraudulently, through falsified documents or other means, sponsor their parents who are in the U.S. illegally – creating an even larger amnesty.
“By itself the DREAM Act is terrible public policy. It would reward illegal aliens for violating federal immigration laws. It would encourage more illegal immigration by sending the message that the United States does not take its immigration laws seriously. And in an additional slap in the face to law-abiding Americans, it offers in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants, while legal students in the rest of the country would have to pay out-of-state tuition rates. But forcing this measure into the defense authorization bill is just shameful.
“Unfortunately this is not the first time Reid has pulled this stunt. Last year’s defense bill, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, expanded federal hate crime laws to include crimes motivated by a victim’s “actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.” What did that have to do with national security? And this year the leftist Senate majority is also considering adding language to the bill that would repeal the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. This despite the fact that each of the four Service Chiefs (General Conway (USMC), General Conway (USMC), Admiral Roughead (USN), and General Schwartz (USAF)) have submitted letters stressing that any action by Congress should only be taken after the Pentagon finishes its review the policy. And Sen. Roland Burris (D–IL) has sponsored an amendment that would allow the use of military facilities around the world for “pre-paid” abortions.”
See what I mean? What kind of a shoddy argument is that? The same applies, for that matter, to blogger Jeannette Di Louie’s points against why the U.S. should take a firm stand against illegal immigration… including how it costs taxpayers $113 billion a year.
Those crazy right-wingers. When will they ever learn that it isn’t about facts; it’s about agendas!