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GOP: Debate crowd dishonored soldier

Letter by Marvin W. Patterson, Tacoma on Sep. 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm | 7 Comments »
September 26, 2011 3:33 pm

I decided to entertain myself by watching the latest Republican debate. I find it interesting that this party typically tags themselves as the most patriotic. One of the questions for the presidential hopefuls was asked via video by a gay soldier in Iraq. His question was whether they planned to reinstate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy if they became president. The audience booed.

The boos were chilling in itself, but what was most dishonoring was that none of these potential commanders in chief felt it necessary to first thank the soldier for his service and admonish the audience for their disrespectful behavior. As a veteran of this country, I am embarrassed and insulted by the way this brave soldier was treated. No thanks, GOP.

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