Booing a U.S. Marine is disgusting

Sept. 25, 2011 at 4:25 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Last night, I watched in horror how once more during a Republican debate the so-called party of "family and Biblical values" demonstrated to the world who they really are.

An American soldier who has been in Iraq for six years, fighting for "our freedom," as Republicans love to say, asked a question from one of the candidates about whether that candidate would re-instate the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which was just repealed by the U.S. Congress, and, because this soldier happens to be gay, the audience booed him in the midst of the response from the candidate. Not one of the other candidates spoke up and said that regardless of that Marine's sexual orientation, he should be honored for his service to this country. Can those flag-pin wearers "we-support-our-troops" baggers say the same?

They owe that soldier an apology. I thought I had heard the worst coming from this gang of "religious right" fanatics, but they showed a level of disgust that I cannot ignore. The idea that a group that clings to their "patriotism" as if it makes them so righteous, booing a soldier absolutely disgusts me. These people represent just what is wrong with our country today.

Raphael Venegas, Victoria



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