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Sen. Gary Nodler Is Not The Man For Congress

February 18, 2010

Recently the law of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ which bars homosexuals from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military, is under fire. Many democrats, liberals, and progressive conservatives are rooting for the repeal of the ban on gays in the military, calling it useless, bigoted, and unfair.

President Obama himself addressed this in his recent State of the Union, calling onto congress to work to repeal this law. From that day on, everyone and their mother has had an opinion on this ban. One man in particular, Missouri Sen. Gary Nodler has a very strong opinion about the repealing of the law.

During a Senate debate of DADT, Nodler is quoted as saying, “There are real world implications…This is a policy that would directly threaten the lives of soldiers today.” Referring to the repeal of the law. Writer Tony Messenger of STLToday.com took this comment (and many others made by Nodler that day) as Nodler not wanting to offend the Muslim culture with the presence of homosexuals.

Sen. Nodler, like a spoiled child, threw a fit about this interpretation and began calling blogs and news outlets who reported this story along with Messenger’s interpretation. To clarify, Messenger wrote the piece as he saw it, including references to facial expressions and a reflection of previous debates. This was in no way a straight news article, and was never portrayed as such.

Nodler decided that being known as The Guy Who Doesn’t Want To Offend The Terrorists was too much, and Messenger released another article, citing more quotes from Nodler such as, “I do care what Iraqi-allied commanders think about it with American forces integrated into their units.” and, “If the U.S. forces become offensive to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, how do we succeed in winning their hearts and minds?”

Since when do we place the values of others ahead of American values during a time of war? Why does Nodler seem to care more about winning the hearts and minds of Iraqis than the essential help an estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian troops provide our armed forces? Is he so worried that Muslims will shun Americans because of gay soldiers (despite that peaceful Iraqi citizens seem to be fine with female soldiers who don’t wear the required head covers)?

Sen. Nodler is running for Congress. I ask, how can we trust a man to help lead America to winning the war on terror when Nodler is more concerned with getting rid of hard working, American troops? How can we rely on him to stand up to terrorism when he cannot even stand up for American equality and put aside his homophobia to fight a war? How can we rely on this man to protect America and it’s values when he is so worried about what Muslims think of our troops?

It is obvious that America’s safety is not at the heart of Sen. Nodler’s agenda. If it was, he would not be fighting so hard to keep in place a law that discharges hundreds of dearly-needed Americans soldiers from our front lines.

So I urge you, readers, American citizens, fight against Senator Nodler! Though there are only a few who have the true power to bar this man from getting in Congress, you all can link to this message, write your own, and simply spread the word that Sen. Nodler is NOT the man we need in Congress during a time of war.

This post was revised from a now gone 2/17/10 post in order to expand and release more accurate information. Also, a huge thanks to Tony Messenger for providing much needed information and quotes.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Janice permalink
    February 18, 2010 3:06 am

    Tegan, you make great points. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the politicians just kept their mouths shut then they wouldn’t have to try to explain later?

  2. February 18, 2010 3:24 pm

    OK… I totally just pictured an army of drag queens. It was the most fabulous moment of my day so far.

  3. February 18, 2010 3:38 pm

    Oh, also, Gary Nodler, if what the writer here said is inaccurate, can you point us to an accurate account? If those were not your words, what exactly were your words? I have not yet seen any evidence that this quote is incorrect. This is why journalists are supposed to be trained to use exact quotes wherever possible. A public figure’s words should be able to speak for themselves.

    Aside from that, even if your concern is that we might offend the citizens of Islamic countries, I believe that our values are every bit as valid as theirs, and one of our core values as Americans is that we are all equal … no matter what. Why would you put the values of another nation ahead of our own? Isn’t it possible that by ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and by removing our own hateful biases we could set an example to other countries? Perhaps we could show them that sexual orientation doesn’t change a person’s worth. Perhaps we could even help other countries come to terms with this kind of bigotry. Have you ever considered that in other countries, homosexuals may be forced to live a life of fear, shame and self-hatred because they are taught that their love is wrong? What if we could help those people?

    What if we actually acted on our values once in a while?

    • Tegan McRae permalink*
      February 18, 2010 8:07 pm

      Such amazing points, thank you.

  4. Shelly permalink
    February 19, 2010 9:03 pm

    Excellent post. An accurate portrayal of yet another politician trying to woo the enemy while claiming to represent American values.

  5. February 23, 2010 4:33 am

    You said Nodler. Hahaha!

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