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So, the GOP has blocked the motion to open debate on financial reform. They won’t even talk about it. This is related to Georgia because both Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson joined in this vote. They feel so safe in their seats that they will side with the banks against their own constituents.

So, when you talk with your conservative friends (I know you have them if you live in Georgia), and they mention that they will “remember in November,” ask them if they will remember this when Senators Chambliss and Isakson come up for re-election. In fact, Senator Isakson comes up this November. Remember in November, indeed!

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This will be the second post about Senator Chambliss in a row, but his most recent gaff requires comment. Here is his entire statement at the February 2 meeting of the Senate Armed Services committee:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

And just as was stated by my friend, Sen. Udall, I think live and let live is not a bad policy to adhere to and that’s what we have in place in the military with don’t ask, don’t tell right now.
To you, Secretary Gates and Adm. Mullen, you’re in a tough spot and we understand that. This is an extremely sensitive issue and everybody on this committee, I’m satisfied, is very sensitive to the issue both inside and outside the military.
In the military, it presents entirely different problems than it does in civilian life, because there is no constitutional right to serve in our armed forces. And today we know we’ve got gay and lesbian soldiers serving. They’ve served in the past; they’re going to serve in the future; and they’re going to serve in a very valiant way.
But the primary purpose of the armed forces is to prepare for and to prevail in combat should the need arise. Military life is fundamentally different from civilian life in that military society is characterized by its own laws, rules, customs and traditions – including restrictions on personal behavior that would not be acceptable in civilian society. Examples include alcohol use, adultery, fraternization and body art. If we change this rule of don’t ask, don’t tell, what are we going to do with these other issues?
The armed forces must maintain personnel policies that exclude persons whose presence in the armed forces would create an unacceptable risk to the armed forces’ high standards of morale, good order and discipline and unit cohesion. In my opinion, the presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would very likely create an unacceptable risk to those high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and effective unit cohesion and effectiveness. I’m opposed to this change and I look forward to a very spirited debate on this issue, Mr. Chairman.
This kind of bigotry, still alive in Washington, should be as shocking as it is breathtaking. Unfortunately, Senator Chambliss, who represents all Georgians to the nation, has made us all look like narrow-minded bigots. Since the Senator won his election in 2008, when Democrats in general did well, he probably feels comfortable enough to say what he likes.
What does being homosexual have to do with “morale, good order and discipline” or “alcohol use, adultery, fraternization [really??], and body art?” It’s neither good nor bad, it just is. And what does Saby Chambliss know about what’s best for the military? He’s never served, having received 5 student deferments and a medical deferment during Vietnam. Speaking as another career civilian, I can say I am ashamed of this man and how he treats those who would serve our country with honor and defend us while being who they are.
Forgive the rant, but it really irks me that the only time Georgia gets national press is when a bigot decides to open his mouth and embarrass us all.
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