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I Was Born This Way: A Proud Democrat

In honor of Friday being a great day for disco, Dimitri from Paris upcoming release of the comp Get Down with the Philly Sound, and the House voting to add an amendment to a bill for the eventual (and at the discretion of the Armed Forces brass) end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, here is Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way.”

Carl Bean, “I Was Born This Way”

Proud as a Democrat that no Democrat Reps voted against. Ashamed as an American that 194 Republicans did (only five voted for, including Ron “This guy is a queer!” Paul).

And a reminder, Mr. President, they answer to our laws, not their own:

Therefore, in May 1949 the Fahy Committee [a civilian board created by Truman] proposed opening all army jobs and schools to qualified personnel without regard to race or color, assigning all Army personnel according to ability and need, and abolishing the racial quota. In contrast, the Chamberlin Board [an Armed Forces commissioned board] … concluded that increased opportunities for colored soldiers would adversely affect the fighting spirit and morale of the Army in general.

[The Integration of Negro and White Troops, 1956]

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