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Happy Birthday, Sir Winston

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:37 pm - November 30, 2005.
Filed under: General

Today marks the 131st anniversary of the birth of the greatest man of the last century–Sir Winston Churchill. Born on November 30, 1874, at Blenheim Palace in England, he would go on to lead Britain against the greatest evil of his time — Nazism and later warn the world of the dangers of the next great evil of the twentieth century — Communism.

In the 1930s, he stood virtually alone, warning the world about the threat of Nazism. In 1940, upon taking the helm of the British government, he rallied a nation, fearful for its future, its survival even, after the swift defeat of its European allies as the Nazis & their allies enslaved nearly all of continental Europe.

Through it all, he never faltered, always held firm, believing that as dark as things appeared, the West would triumph, victory was on the horizon. He stood up to the naysayers of his day and stood strong against tyranny, defending Western civilization and the long English tradition of freedom under the law. He was a friend of the Jews and other then-oppressed peoples.

His greatest successors, Lady Thatcher and Tony Blair, the current resident at 10 Downing Street, have followed his lead in standing up against tyranny. Lady Thatcher joined her great friend Ronald Reagan in leading the struggle against Communism. Tony Blair joins President Bush in leading the fight against Islamofascism on behalf of all free peoples as well as people longing to free, including those in Muslim lands.

And like Ronald Reagan, Churchill was a great storyteller who often used humor to entertain — and make his points.

Because of the strong friendship between Churchill, a Tory (i.e., Conservative) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, the Allies were better able to triumph against fascism. And we see a similar friendship between the two men who hold the offices these men once did. President Bush and Prime Minister Blair (like their two predecessors) may come from different sides of the political aisle, but like those great men who came before them, they recognize the common national interests of our two great nations.

So, on this anniversary of Winston Churchill’s birth, take a moment a remember this great man. Take a look at this webiste and sample here his powerful prose. Had it not been for this great man, we might not be free today to speak so openly and criticize our leaders so regularly.

Happy Birthday, Sir Winston. And thank you. Thank you. We remember and we’ll always be inspired by your leadership.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com

John Kerry — perennial weathervane

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 12:44 pm - November 30, 2005.
Filed under: Liberals

Every time I hear Massachusetts’ junior Senator speak, I breathe a sigh of relief that he was not elected president last fall. While doing some chores around the apartment this morning, I was watching FoxNews which was covering live his commentary on the president’s speech and heard this erstwhile Democratic presidential nominee claim that while he got home from serving in Vietnam in 1969, he didn’t start protesting the war until two years later — in 1971.

(QUICK ASIDE–Fox News covering Kerry remarks live?!?! Must not be the right-wing shills that the left claims it to be. Oh, wait a minute, it’s their clever Rovian strategy to present Democrats’ actual remarks and so reveal their absurdity.)

I wonder why it took Kerry two years to protest. I mean, in his testimony before the Senate, he claimed that the U.S. has committed war crimes in Vietnam. If he had witnessed such crimes, he owed it to the victims of these crimes — and to his nation — to speak out as soon as possible so our leaders could take action, punish those responsible and put and end to such atrocities. (As happened with Abu Ghraib, nearly four months before CBS broadcast the disgusting pictures and the crimes there became common knowledge.)

If this Democrat is ever to run for national office again, people need to ask about his delay in protesting the war. Perhaps, he (or others) already addressed it in last fall’s campaign. (If you have links to articles/commentary on this topic, please e-mail me or reference them in the comments below and I will update this post accordingly.)

Kerry’s comments today that it took him two years to protest the war merely show how even at the dawn of his political career, this man lacked a spine and put his finger to the wind before taking a political stand. In 1969, when he returned from Vietnam, he did not think opposing the war would serve his political interest. In 1971, he did.

UPDATE: I’m trying to find the text of Senator Kerry’s speech online and after checking his official Senate site (where he has not updated his linked speeches since July 21, 2003) and his pemanent campaign site, have yet to find the speech.

GP UPDATE: Let’s not forget how the Kerry weathervane twirled in circles over gay marriage during the 2004 campaign. One day he supported Massachusetts’ amendment, the next day he supported Missouri’s total ban… it all depended on where he was in this great country of ours and how the wind was blowing that day.

Military Blogger says Let Gays Serve Openly in Armed Forces

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:11 am - November 30, 2005.
Filed under: Gays In Military,War On Terror

Earlier this year, when I asked a lawyer friend of mine to comment on a post I had written on the military’s Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell Policy (DADT), he called the policy one of the great injustices and follies of our time.

It’s not only this gay attorney who finds fault with this preposterous policy. Uncle Jimbo, a straight military guy whose opposition to DADT I’ve cited in the past, has written another piece reaffirming his “belief that the ban on gays serving openly in the military is wrong” and did so while guest blogging on Blackfive, the winner of the Wizbang Award for Best Military Blog last year and a respected blog frequently linked by conservative bloggers.

The more pro-military conservative guys like Uncle Jimbo speak out against the ban, the better we can make the case that ending this injustice would not be (as some critics have said) just a social experiment, but would also serve the national security interest of our nation. Uncle Jimbo is pleased to observe that:

Acceptance of gays has given way the irrelevance of sexual orientation for most people. Gay troops now serve without disruption and with distinction, in many cases maintaining only the flimsiest of facades, this is not going to change if those who wish it no longer have to pretend.

At at a time when our military needs to best, bravest and most dedicated young men and women to win the war on terror, it’s absurd to arbitrarily prevent so many citizens from serving openly.

Uncle Jimbo’s post shows that many military heroes welcome gay people into their ranks. Let’s hope that more military folk speak out as he has done. So, please take a moment and read the whole thing, then follow Uncle Jimbo’s advice and contact your Congressman or Senator and ask them to repeal this Clinton-era policy.