NOTE: I have taken down my previous blog "We are the Ills of our Society" in order to post this blog today. I will repost the other blog at a later date
A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, irrationality, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs or genetics. The predominant usage in modern American English refers to persons hostile to those of differing race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, various mental disorders, or religion.
Today, and for the near future, bigotry has won out. With the successful block (with the help of both of my states Senators) of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Republicans (and those Democrats that voted against moving to debate) can talk all they want about procedure and how the big bad mean Democrats were not going to allow them to add amendments to the bill. As I see it all the excuses you will be hearing over the next couple of hours is nothing more than cover that they can hide behind so they do not get called the ugly 'B' word.
Well I am going to say it.
They are bigots. They do not want this repeal to go through (even though the Pentagon and a majority of the American people) because they do not want gays openly serving in the military. They want them to stay hidden as far back in the closet as they can get.
For many people that are bigoted against gays it really is as simple as they do not see lesbians and gays as real people. The are a sub-species, much like the slaves first and then African Americans were from the 1800s through at least the 1960s (and for some still today).
Here is the reality that they are ignoring. They can not point to one good reason why gays and lesbians should not be allowed to serve openly in the military other than their bigoted views. There are no studies that show that openly gay and lesbian soldiers are a detriment to our military.
In my mind, today there are 56 bigots in the Senate, yes including Harry Reid who also voted no for "procedural reasons". They have no valid excuse and so we continue on our slide.
Different day, same sad results.