Sen. “Stand In” George LeMieux joined his Republican colleagues today and voted to block consideration of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The measure failed 57-40. Sen. Bill Nelson voted in favor.
LeMieux opposed the measure that would allow gays to serve openly in the military. His reasoning?
“I don’t think that in the middle of wars this is the time to make that change.”
Why yes, because when you’re in the middle of two wars, the last thing you need are troops who are more than willing to serve.
Support the troops Sen. LeMieux? As long as those troops aren’t gay, apparently. Never mind that the troops themselves don’t seem to think it’s a problem. Lemieux is against it, either due to pure bigotry or as a form of political obstruction, merely to hold the bill hostage until he gets more tax breaks for millionaires and the corporations who might buy another seat for him come the next election, take your pick. Either way, he and the Republicans have demonstrated once again they do NOT support the troops. Never mind that lives are on the line. Money is at stake here, so suck it up troops!
And speaking of that lack of support, here’s what else went down with the ship when LeMieux and the Republicans voted down Don’t Ask Don’t Tell:
So you see it isn’t just the safety of the country the Republicans couldn’t care less about, nor the safety of the troops themselves.
They don’t about equal rights either.
Congratulations George LeMieux. In your brief time in the Senate you “proudly” took a stand, and now it’s on record.