Friday, September 23, 2011

The Low Point of the "Debate"

I don't know why I continue to put myself through this torture. Unless it is that, like the Faux News-Google-Orange County FL staff who set up the stage and placed Romney and Perry within arm's length of each other, hoping that the verbal sparring will turn into physical confrontation.

It was as boring and sad and scary as I expected it to be, except for the appearance of former New Mexico governor Gary "Dogshit" Johnson, who got in the best dig by saying that his neighbor's dogs are responsible for more "shovel ready" jobs than Barack Obama.

I admit, I had to laugh. It was a good laugh line. Too bad Johnson won't be around much longer, since he seems to be the best with the one liners out of everyone on the stage.

But the low point of the whole two hours (two hours, that's all that it was? Jeez, it seemed like six or more. I was calling it the Orlando Death March long before it was over...) was our buddy Google-me Rick Santorum, who fumbled and stumbled his way through a question from now-openly-gay soldier Stephen Hill, currently serving in Iraq (cue chorus of boos from the audience) concerning a new GOP administration's intended handling of the gays-in-the-military issue:

Yeah, I — I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they're making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to -- to -- and removing "don't ask/don’t tell" I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military's job is to do one thing, and that is to defend our country.
We need to give the military, which is all-volunteer, the ability to do so in a way that is most efficient at protecting our men and women in uniform.
And I believe this undermines that ability.
MEGYN KELLY of Fox News: So what -- what -- what would you do with soldiers like Stephen Hill? I mean, he's — now he's out. He's — you know, you saw his face on camera. When he first submitted this video to us, it was without his face on camera. Now he's out. So what would you do as president?
SANTORUM: I think it's -- it's -- it's -- look, what we're doing is playing social experimentation with -- with our military right now. And that's tragic.
I would -- I would just say that, going forward, we would -- we would reinstitute that policy, if Rick Santorum was president, period.
That policy would be reinstituted. And as far as people who are in -- in -- I would not throw them out, because that would be unfair to them because of the policy of this administration, but we would move forward in -- in conformity with what was happening in the past, which was, sex is not an issue. It is -- it should not be an issue. Leave it alone, keep it -- keep it to yourself, whether you’re a heterosexual or a homosexual.
Get that? "Any type of sexual activity has no place in the military"!

What is it with these people, that it all comes down to sex? And not just sex, but "sexual activity"? So I guess that all of you straight people in the military, when President Santorum (god, it gives me the willies just to write that) takes over, you are all cut off for the duration.

Jeez, think of the depressed local economies that will result in every town that exists at the front gate of every US military base in the world. No more hookers, no more massage parlors, no more party girls in the barracks. Yeah, way to go President Ricky.

I guess the GOP really wants a bunch of mindless robots, automatons whose only job it is to kill the "enemy" (whoever they are determined to be) and not be real people, with real lives and real issues. Supporting the troops? Yeah, right...

And no, except for some dueling "Read my book!" jibes from Romney and Perry, they didn't get into any fights. Too bad. I was kind of hoping for some WWF smackdown action.