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  •  Scott, we're of the same mind (3+ / 0-)
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    Scott Wooledge, 4Freedom, IM

    You addressed many of my concerns regarding gay men/lesbians in the military under Hagel (we won't even discuss the continued lack of fair treatment for transgender folks), but I was unaware of his anti-choice status.

    My main opposition continues to be feeding the meme that only Republicans can be strong on national security issues. I'd like to see a good strong Democrat head up Defense. Not sure if Wes Clark has disqualified himself by clowning it up on TV with his reality show -- I've mentioned before that some observers think moving Shinseki from VA to DoD might be a viable possibility.

    Sure, "bipartisanship" worked well with putting folks like LaHood at Transportation; he seems to have been able to put the good of the nation's transportation ahead of any party loyalties. But I don't get that same feeling from Hagel; I worry that he'd do whatever he could to undercut the Obama Administration.

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:04:51 PM PST

    •  Really the women's issues (2+ / 0-)
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      4Freedom, Skipbidder

      worry me more than  the LGBT issues. The sexual assault issue has been swept under the rug WAY TOO LONG. And we need a leader that believes women can be an asset in the combat positions they wish to serve.

      "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

      by Scott Wooledge on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:35:05 PM PST

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