Debates In Haiku: What's Wrong With The GOP?

Debates In Haiku: What's Wrong With The GOP?


Boos for a soldier
The candidates are silent
They should be ashamed


I only occasionally post non-sports related stuff here, but our "boss", Jimmy Greenfield. keeps telling us we should post what we're passionate about. The more I read about what happened at Thursday night's Republican debate, the angrier I get. Hopefully, after you read this, you'll be angry, too.

In case you missed it, here's what happened.

Stephen Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq, asked about the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and the ability of gay Americans to serve openly in the military. After the video ended, many audience members joined in a chorus of boos.

We've already heard GOPher audiences cheering for Rick Perry's record number of executions in Texas (including at least one innocent man) and saying that people without health insurance should just be left to die. Now they insult a solider serving out country simply because he's gay.

All of this is bad enough.

But in his response, Rick Santorum ignored the boos and nobody on the stage spoke up during the debate. Today there have been calls from across the political spectrum criticizing the candidates for failing to condemn the audience reaction.

One other thing.

Rick Santorum began his answer by saying that "any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military." Why is it that whenever certain people hear the word "gay" they immediately think about sexual activity? If there had been a question from a woman who said she was pregnant and asked about reproductive rights, would Santorum also have thought about sexual activity? Probably not. But there's a much closer connection between sexual activity and pregnancy than there is between sexual activity and being gay.

Can somebody tell me what's wrong with these GOP audiences? Why do they cheer death and boo soldiers?

And why don't the candidates condemn these reactions?

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