This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

November 10, 2009

“We are a nation…”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — pprscribe @ 5:57 pm

…We are a nation that endures because of the courage of those who defend it.  We saw that valor in those who braved bullets here at Fort Hood, just as surely as we see it in those who signed up knowing that they would serve in harm’s way.

We are a nation of laws whose commitment to justice is so enduring that we would treat a gunman and give him due process, just as surely as we will see that he pays for his crimes.

We’re a nation that guarantees the freedom to worship as one chooses.  And instead of claiming God for our side, we remember Lincoln’s words, and always pray to be on the side of God.

We’re a nation that is dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are created equal.  We live that truth within our military, and see it in the varied backgrounds of those we lay to rest today.  We defend that truth at home and abroad, and we know that Americans will always be found on the side of liberty and equality.  That’s who we are as a people….

~ President Barack H. Obama, Ft. Hood, Texas

 

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2 Comments »

  1. You know what? They can kiss my Black, Gay behind! Now that the military is having problems recruiting, now that we are fighting wars left and right, now they want to question DADT? So in times of peace being Gay in the military is not o.k. but in times of war when they need more grist for the grind it can be o.k.?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think being LGBT (well maybe not the T) is completely irrelevant to service. The policy is full of unmitigated prejudice. But don’t tell me it’s ok now that you need for bodies to be shot at.

    Comment by aSeaNamedSolaris — November 12, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

  2. aSeaNamedSolaris, thanks for your comment. I think the re-examination of DADT has many roots. One is definitely the need for more bodies. I also think that some in the military are seriously seeing the craziness of letting qualified people go—especially in high-need areas—for such a ridiculous “reason.” I also think that as the service gets younger, some are more open to open LGB folks serving. (Many would probably still have a problem with open transgender service members.) Finally, I think that many LGB people are becoming less silent—they are determined not to sit still while their service is questioned. They are pushing the envelope and forcing the issue.

    There is still a lot of work to be done. The military is still a pretty conservative place: religiously, politically, etc. I think the decision to serve in the military or not is a personal one. But I think the ban on open gay, lesbian and bisexual service members is a political decision that we all have a stake in.

    Comment by pprscribe — November 16, 2009 @ 1:28 pm


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