Instead of lambasting the entire GOP today, I think it is important to give praise where praise is due. Eight Republican Senators bravely crossed party lines to vote their conscience on Saturday and repeal the severely flawed and immoral policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:
- Richard Burr of North Carolina
- Mark Kirk of Illinois
- John Ensign of Nevada
- Scott Brown of Massachusetts
- George Voinovich of Ohio
- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Olympia Snowe of Maine
- Susan Collins of both of Maine.
Let’s hope this ushers in an era of social progressive-ism that will one day break down all barriers that the LGBT community face on an everyday basis. Sure, there will always be holdouts like John McCain, but that is no different than Strom Thurmond fighting against the desegregation of the military in 1948. Old people with bigoted ideas won’t change but when the nation begins catapulting forward and socially conscious people like Olympia Snowe join the ride, John McCain and Mitch McConnell will be left behind to grow old, insignificant and sad. I think McCain’s already there.