Hooray, John McCain’s insane Obama-spite mission to keep gay soldiers from admitting they’re gay soldiers is over, because the cloture vote has succeeded on the latest attempt at repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It is absolutely ridiculous that it took this long for members of our armed forces to attain basic human rights, but you know, good for America, now? John McCain’s tortured arms immediately fell off as he emitted a vicious HENGH, and now he has bitterly departed the Senate with a whoosh of his cape. He’s off to Vietnam to go fight some Reds and get re-captured, because that’s the only kind of military service he knows and is comfortable with. But, of course, Republicans are angrily using this vote as a baseless excuse to block the DREAM Act, because we wouldn’t want to have too many civil rights in a free society such as ours.
“I don’t care who you love,” Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, said as the debate opened. “If you love this country enough to risk your life for it, you shouldn’t have to hide who you are.” [...]
“I’m not here for partisan reasons,” Mr. Levin said. “I’m here because men and women wearing the uniform of the United States who are gay and lesbian have died for this country, because gay and lesbian men and women wearing the uniform of this country have their lives on the line right now.”
This is the great thing about desperately-needed civil rights: It’s impossible to say something in support of them that doesn’t sound really great! Especially after like 17 years of fighting! The immigrants who were hoping to become citizens of the country they love via the DREAM Act will get to know this feeling in 2027, when the DREAM Act finally passes. [NYT]