So much for “support the troops,” hey?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 22, 2011
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Florida GOP Debate Audience Boos Gay Soldier serving in Iraq.

A Party of Prejudice, Bigotry, Hate?! Used to be Republicans wanted Uncle Sam to keep his business out of our private lives.

Third-cringe worthy moment in last few debates.

“Open service is a special privilege!” Huge applause.

I would say any type of sexual activity has no place in the military. The fact they are 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 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 to defend our the military, wh I all-volunteer the ability to do so in a way that is …

From TPM:

The cringe-worthy moment has become something of a trend at the Republican presidential debates this year. On Sept. 7, the biggest applause line of the night went to the then-234 executions that had occurred during Rick Perry’s time as governor. At the CNN/Tea Party Express debate a few days later, members of the audience voiced their support for letting an uninsured man die.

Audience Boos Gay Soldier At GOP Debate, Santorum Promises To Reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Good thing Mr. Santorum doesn’t stand a chance, even among a roster of extremes.


A comment on FB:

“Those shmucks booing in the audience wouldn’t know true patriotism or selfless service if it butt stroked them in the face with an M-16. Love for one’s country is what this man did, facing mortar attacks and snipers every day while putting …his whole life on the back burner because he is dedicated to what he does. Those booing folks that love waving their flags without knowing what it means should take a lesson from him. Don’t know you but this ended up in my facebook news somehow.”

Another, re: the president who finally (with popular support) ended the law:

“Be pissed – get mad – Donate to Barack Obama.”

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “So much for “support the troops,” hey?”

  1. […] You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. […]