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Hillary and Immorality [NOW UPDATED 3/15], posted March 14, 2007 at 09:49 PM

Asked to comment on General Pace's not-so-controversial opinion that homosexuality is immoral, Senator Clinton today couldn't quite bring herself to say she disagrees:

I also asked her about the comments by General Peter Pace that homosexulity is "immoral." Clinton has opposed the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, so I asked her if that law -- signed by her husband in 1993 -- was a mistake, and if homosexuality is "immoral." "General Pace has clarified his remarks, but let's not lose sight of the fact that 'Donít Ask, Donít Tell' is not working," she said. "We are being deprived of thousands of patriotic men and women who want to serve their country who are bringing skills into the armed services that we desparately need, like translation skills. And one can argue whether it was a good idea when it was first implemented, but we know have evidence as to the fact that we are in a time of war -- when we really need as many people as we can to recruit and retain in an all-volunteer army -- we are turning people away or discharging them not because of what they've done but because of who they are."

But is it immoral?

"Well I'm going to leave that to others to conclude," she said. "I'm very proud of the gays and lesbians I know who perform work that is essential to our country, who want to serve their country and I want make sure they can.

Rather than take her to task for the blatant political bullshit she's spewing, and rather than defending the ideal of homosexuality not being immoral, I'd like to offer a few questions of my own on the issue of immorality:

Senator Clinton, is it immoral for a leader to purposefully deny a wrong-doing even when that wrong-doing is resulting in death, injury, and general mayhem? Senator Clinton, is it immoral to be in a position of power and not do everything that is within your power to stop an illegal and unjust war from continuing? Senator Clinton, is it immoral to for the legislative branch of our government to actually provide the balance of power to the executive branch that the nation's founders intended? Senator Clinton, is it immoral for a politician to support allowing gays and lesbians to openly fight and die in a country's war but to not support their efforts to gain all the legal rights and social benefits afforded to heterosexual citizens?

I'm going to leave it to you, dear reader, to draw your own conclusions.

UPDATED 3/15 to add:
The good Senator has clarified her triangulated remarks about the supposed immorality of the gays. She says:

"Well I've heard from a number of my friends and I've certainly clarified with them any misunderstanding that anyone had, because I disagree with General Pace completely. I do not think homosexuality is immoral. But the point I was trying to make is that this policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not working. I have been against it for many years because I think it does a grave injustice to patriotic Americans who want to serve their country. And so I have called for its repeal and I'd like to follow the lead of our allies like, Great Britain and Israel and let people who wish to serve their country be able to join and do so. And then let the uniform code of military justice determine if conduct is inappropriate or unbecoming. That's fine. That's what we do with everybody. But let's not be eliminating people because of who they are or who they love."

What a relief to know she still loves me. Too bad she didn't address any of my questions above.

Please don't support Senator Clinton in her bid for the presidency. Let's elect someone who actually knows how to speak like a real person, and someone who actually wants the war in Iraq to come to a swift end.

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