Friday, May 28, 2010

Mark Bingham and John McCain

Mark Bingham might very well have saved John McCain's life.  At least that's what McCain said in Bingham's eulogy.  "I may very well owe my life to Mark," he said.  And he went further: "I love my country and I take pride in serving her.  But I cannot say that I love her more or as well as Mark Bingham did."

On Sepetember 11, 2001, Mark Bingham was one of the passengers   who stormed the cockpit on United Flight 93 and brought the plane down in Pennsylvania so that it would not crash into the Capitol or the White House.

He was a very brave man.  And John McCain, despite his effusive praise, would ask that Mark not serve in the United States Military.

Mark Bingham, a star rugby player, was gay.

It has been wrenching to see John McCain abandon his principles to be reelected senator of Arizona.  First it was his support of the "papers, please" law, something he never would have done earlier.  Now, not only is he opposing repeal of DADT, he demanded on Thursday that the hearings be televised.  He wants everyone to see him fighting like hell to keep LGBT people out of the military.  It's all posturing: he's running against a far right conservative, and he's doing everything he can to seem as conservative.  (He even recently claimed he was not "a maverick," a word he and Sarah Palin used endlessly in the presidential campaign.) He's using American lives to score political points.  He wants to woo conservatives on the backs of men like Mark Bingham and every other gay person in America.

Well, John McCain, it may work.  You may be able to right-wing your way to reelection.  You've spent millions of dollars to be reelected, but that doesn't compare to the price of your soul that you put up for sale.

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