Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an effort to repeal the ban on gays from serving openly in the military, handing gay rights groups a defeat in their last chance any time soon to overturn the law known as "don't ask, don't tell."
And during one of the 2012 GOP debates:
CAIN: If I had my druthers, I never would have overturned "don't ask/don't tell" in the first place. Now that they have changed it, I wouldn't create a distraction trying to turn it over as president. Our men and women have too many other things to be concerned about rather than have to deal with that as a distraction.
PAUL: I would not work to overthrow it. We have to remember, rights don't come in groups. We shouldn't have gay rights. Rights come as individuals. If we would (ph) have this major debate going on, it would be behavior that would count, not the person who belongs to which group.
SANTORUM: The job of the United States military is to protect and defend the people of this country. It is not for social experimentation. [The repeal] should be repealed. And the commanders should have a system of discipline in place, as Ron Paul said, that punishes -- that punishes bad behavior.
ROMNEY: Well, one, we ought to be talking about the economy and jobs. But given the fact you're insistent, the -- the answer is,I believe that "don't ask/don't tell" should have been kept in place until conflict was over.
GINGRICH: Well, I think it's very powerful that both the Army and the Marines overwhelmingly opposed changing it, that their recommendation was against changing it. And if as president -- I've met with them and they said, you know, it isn't working, it is dangerous, it's disrupting unit morale, and we should go back, I would listen to the commanders whose lives are at risk about the young men and women that they are, in fact, trying to protect.
BACHMANN: I would -- I would keep the "don't ask/don't tell" policy. ...
Senate Republicans yesterday blocked legislation to make it easier for women and others alleging discrimination to sue their employers over unequal pay, blasting the measure as an attempt by Democrats to score political points before the fall presidential campaign.
African Americans, and basically anyone that doesn't look, think, and act just like they do:
In a lengthy, emotional, and at times contentious hearing on Thursday, members of Congress and a panel of experts testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on the theme of radicalization in the Muslim American community - and whether or not that topic merited such a discussion in the first place.
The hearing, led by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), aimed to investigate what was described as "the extent of radicalization" among Muslims in America. Evidence came in the form of the testimony of family members of young men who became radicalized Islamists, as well as the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser.
But the hearing - which King says will be the first in a series - was the subject of a slew of criticism from those who believe that Muslim Americans were being unjustly targeted as a community.
Republicans did this while appearing to protect domestic terrorists because they are white (or because they weren't Muslim):
Rep. Peter King, the new chairman of the Homeland Security Committee who has ignited a storm of controversy for planning hearings next month on the growing threat of radical Islam, is refusing to bow to pressure to broaden the scope of the probe to include extreme environmentalists and white supremacists.
King told FoxNews.com that he plans to hold the first of a series of hearings over the next year and half in the first or second week of March. Muslim groups, their supporters and the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee fear that hearings focused solely on radical Islam will devolve into an anti-Muslim witch hunt.
While blocking attempts to investigate the kind of discrimination Republicans were practicing by others:
Sen. Dick Durbin claimed Tuesday that American Muslims face charges today that they are "not real Americans," as he convened a hearing on Muslim civil rights to counter a hearing held earlier in the month on Islamic radicalization.
Durbin, along with several other senators, expressed concern that U.S. Muslims are facing widespread discrimination in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., claimed Muslims are the victim of "demonization." Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., claimed hate groups increasingly are targeting Muslims in the United States.
"It's wrong to blame an entire community for the wrongdoing of a few," Durbin said. "Guilt by association is not the American way."
The hearing, though, was criticized as a sideshow by the congressman who organized the high-profile congressional inquiry three weeks ago into the threat posed by homegrown extremism.
Can anyone imagine hearings like those investigating Christians or Jews for radicalization? Or Whites of any stripe? The GOP is already blocking hearings on white supremacists and hearings on growing civil rights violations against Muslims. So it's ok to hold Joseph McCarthy style hearings to persecute an entire religion (while protecting those that are favored), while protecting white supremacists, while turning a blind eye to hate groups and states violating the Constitutional rights of Muslim Americans because of which god they pray to.
The result of that immoral corruption and evil was entirely predictable. A voting bloc that was reliably Republican in 2000 as African Americans and Latinos are for Democrats now has abandoned the GOP so heavily that the number has basically reversed.
PEW has found that Muslims now "identify as Democrats or lean to toward the Democratic Party" at a 70% clip. As Republicans did with African Americans, and women, and gays, their uncontrolled hatred for anyone who looks, acts, or thinks differently has driven those people away and shrunk the party to little more than a nationalistic group of whites using the power of Big Government to discriminate against people who look different in violation of the Constitution and all concepts of moral and ethical behavior.