The fabulously cantankerous Dr.
Frank Kameny's most blunt remarks regard the treason of
those who put their own prejudices above the good of our
nation. He said, "Denying
our military of the services of people who have much to
offer, clearly gives aid and comfort to our enemies.
But under Section 3 of Article 3 of the constitution,
giving aid and comfort to the enemy is one of the
definitions of treason. Therefore, anyone who supports
the military gay ban whether by direct act or by mere
word of mouth is constitutionally defined as a traitor
and should be indicted, prosecuted, tried, convicted and
hanged for treason. I will gladly provide the cost of
the hangman's rope out of my own pocket."
On Sunday morning December 20th,
2009 on NBC's Meet the Press, Dr. Howard Dean
said that, "The Republicans have put their party before
the country." He was specifically being asked
about his view on the effort to draft the Health Care
Reform bill. He was referring to determined and
highly organized obstruction in order to stop the bill
from going forward. What he said was incredibly
blunt, but still excruciatingly polite; he never
suggested the word used above. It seems to be
about their wanting to defeat any effort by a president
that they don't like and don't want to agree with on
anything, while having not the slightest concern about
millions of Americans who are not rich enough,
privileged enough, fortunate enough, or cleverly
employed enough to have any insurance for health care.
What many are thinking is, "How could they be so mean?"
But, there are also grandstanding Democrats who held out
their votes for raw cash for their states, and for their
professed personal beliefs regarding abortion, socialism
and capitalism. To be blunt, it was suggested, on
PBS' Washington Week on Friday December 18th
2009, that those opposed to universal health care are
serving the private health care industry from whom they
receive substantial donations. How convenient!
How mean, how profane. For them, it's just
business. What about our nation's values, what
about the good of our country?
Allowing gay patriotic volunteers
to serve openly in our American armed forces would not
cost anyone anything, in fact it would save all the
taxpayer money wasted on investigation, administration,
and training replacements for those discharged under
DADT. So, it's not about the profanity of money;
it's about pure and sacred bigotry, still, however, at
the expense of the good of our nation. It's the
business of going broke for bigotry. What about
our nation's reputation, values, and well being?
What is really weirdly interesting
is that many of the people prejudiced against gay rights
are the same people who are against health care reform.
Now, what the hell is that all about? Not all
those folks are fat cat rich and comfortable. Many
have lost their jobs and homes and have no health
insurance; yet they will bug their eyes out, square
their jaws and fervently sing battle cries for bigotry
and shout anti-government slogans about health care.
Did I say anti-government? What's going on here,
who are these people? Who are their leaders?
Are they faithful patriots or subversives? I'm
suspicious as hell about their integrity and goals and
loyalty to America and its values.
Those who are against anyone who
is different from themselves, those who would deny
patriotic volunteers the privilege of serving our
nation, and those who would withhold healthcare from the
poor and suffering, don't seem to have the best
interests of America in their hearts and minds.
They seem to have confounded prejudice with faith and
selfishness with sedition.
Now, of course, those who would
block the service of courageous volunteers and deny
healing to the tired and hungry and less fortunate
may love our country and simply have a different vision
for America. It's what my mother
called, "biting your nose to spite yourself." My
mother understood American freedom; she arrived here as
a refugee from religious genocide in Europe during World
War II. In fact she was an illegal immigrant,
arriving at Ellis Island in 1938 without papers after an
escape ordeal during which she faced death every step of
the way. She had faith in what she called 'human
morality,' because all along the way total strangers
risked their lives so that she could reach freedom on
America's shores. A Gestapo officer had risked
being shot dead as a traitor by validating her passport
at the German Dutch border, people hid her in Holland,
and customs officials at the start and end of her
wartime winter sea journey across the north Atlantic let
her pass through to board a ship in Amsterdam and to
debark to freedom upon arrival in America. She
inspired me to volunteer to serve my country at the
height of the Vietnam War in 1968, despite my being gay,
to pay my country back for our freedom. I served
ten years, leaving honorably as a Sergeant Fist Class.
My mother's vision was clear and simple: "there is
nothing more precious than American Freedom."
Denny Meyer, American Veteran
Gay Military Signal