Rick Perry: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Was “Effective”

What is it about the current field of GOP presidential candidates? Either they can’t read the polls, don’t give a fig about what’s fair and just, or they are so broke that appealing to the right wing fascist based of the party is the only way they can wage a campaign?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has become the latest candidate to voice his support for the repealed policy, under which some 13,000  gay and lesbian service members were discharged.

During an interview with “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Perry was asked about the repeal of the law earlier this year. CBS reports that Perry played a line right off the facist right wing talking points memo, “A president of the United States changing a policy that was working well and to do it while we were at war in two different theaters, I think it was irresponsible and I truly think that he did it to respond to his political base,” Perry said.”

A CBS News poll taken last month, a full two weeks after the repeal, found that the majority of Republican voters actually SUPPORT gay and lesbians serving openly in the military.

“Perry told Amanpur that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy affecting gay military service members, which was repealed last year, “worked very well,” though he hedged on saying whether or not he would reinstate it as president,” CBS reports

He  then went on to spew the same homophobic rhetoric that led to the policy in the first place….

“When asked if he, as a former member of the Air Force, would be comfortable serving with openly gay men and women, the Texas governor said that was not a question that needs to be asked.

“If an individual in their private life makes a decision about their sexuality from the standpoint of how they’re going to practice it, that’s their business,” Perry said. “That’s the reason ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ was in fact a workable policy and that’s why I would be comfortable with our country going back to that.”

Could someone PLEASE tell these candidates that hetrosexuals have been allowed to openly flaunt their sexuality..um..”private lives” in the military for over 200 years?

Perry isn’t the only GOP candidate that can’t seem to read the polls. Think Progress reports that at least three GOP presidential candidates — Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich — have verably promised to reinstate the policy.

Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted last December found that nearly eight in 10 Americans favored allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

Read the full  CBS article here.


3 Responses to Rick Perry: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Was “Effective”

  1. Phil Grover says:

    Homophobes need re-education. It is possible. However, I don’t know if it is possible to get a politician playing to the homophobic and deliberately anti-logic, intolerant fringe of an otherwise reasonable political party to suddenly become logical and reasonable and tolerant.

  2. Perry should also be told that the cost to the US taxpayer of implementing this heinous policy has been estimated at between $193 million and $363 million – an amount they’ll never see again.

    And he should be asked why 42 other countries where DADT either doesn’t exist or has been repealed have reported either no change, or an actual improvement in general morale and retention.


  3. Pingback: Watch: President Obama says Boy Scouts should allow gay members « The Idaho Agenda

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