Remembering When Not A Single GOP Presidential Candidate Stood Up For Active Military

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Remembering When Not A Single GOP Presidential Candidate Stood Up For Active Military


Capt. Stephen Hill had a 23-year career in the Army and a secret that he felt he could never make public without throwing it all away

THE HIDDEN MAN

America saw Stephen Hill's face for 15 seconds.
It took him a lifetime to show it.
By Christopher Goffard
Photography by Rick Loomis

December 29, 2013

Stephen Hill's YouTube debate query put focus on gays in military - latimes.com
He turns off his TV. Because of the early hour, it is possible most of the soldiers have missed the debate. Somehow, he harbors the hope that he can escape with his anonymity and melt back into the ranks.

He lines up for breakfast in the chow hall. There are jumbo TVs mounted all over the walls. His face is on every one of them.

...

At a dinner speech, President Obama remarks on the Republican candidates' silence amid the boos: "You want to be Commander in Chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it's not politically convenient."

On "Face the Nation," Sen. John McCain — who fought fiercely to keep "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" — says: "We should honor every man and woman who is serving in the military."

On "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart flashes an image of Hill and says: "If this guy turned into the Hulk, his arms would stay the same size. They would just turn green."

On HBO's "The Newsroom," a fictional news anchor says: "The only president on the stage last night was Stephen Hill. Godspeed, Captain Hill, and come home soon. A grateful nation is waiting to say thank you."


Not a single GOP candidate stood up for a military man serving in a combat zone. :(

How could any self-respecting person have voted for any of those schmucks?

:mad:

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Stephen Hill joined the Army just out of Upper Sandusky High School in north-central Ohio. He hoped to pay for college, because in the Hill family you paid your way. And he hoped to win the respect of his father, a former Marine who had come home from Vietnam with scars from the sharp elephant grass, and a hundred stories of peril and friendship. When he put on his father’s combat helmet, it swallowed his head and his large ears.

In basic training at Ft. Sill, Okla., people knew Hill as the spindly, guarded kid who quoted Scripture and never cursed. One night he found himself on fire watch with another recruit, who began to cry and confessed that he was gay.

Stephen relaxes at home with his dogs Macho, a beagle-pug mix, and Gizmo, a boxer. Josh sent one of Macho’s chew toys to him in Iraq as a reminder of home.

Hill didn't know any gay people, but he knew they were definitely not tough enough for the U.S. Army, and so he said, sternly, "You can't be here." Soon after, the gay soldier was gone.

 
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First and foremost can you make it bigger print?

And yes size does count. Just not the way you think baby. I just need to know the expiry date.
 

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Was this before or after the pink unicorn came and tickled your anus with its big, throbbing horn?
 
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wtf is up with the wingnuts today? Ben Gay, Ben Dover, and Ben Ghazi make an appearance?
 

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Like you all did when the Obama administration put guards at Veterans memorials during the Obama government shutdown?

But you found another way to use them for your political agenda

shameful
 
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crazy old [MENTION=1668]Stephanie[/MENTION]
Like you all did when the Obama administration but guards at Veterans memorials during the Obama government shutdown?

But you found another way to use them for your political agenda

shameful
what in the whack-a-doodle-doo world of rightwing talking points are you yapping on about?

Why didn't a single GOP presidential candidate stand up for an active duty service member serving in a war zone?
 

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Like you all did when the Obama administration put guards at Veterans memorials during the Obama government shutdown?

But you found another way to use them for your political agenda

shameful

way to suck the air out of the dems gay parade. LOL
 

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Like you all did when the Obama administration put guards at Veterans memorials during the Obama government shutdown?

But you found another way to use them for your political agenda

shameful

way to suck the air out of the dems gay parade. LOL
They can't talk about their record so we are going to see them jump on social issues, like homosexual, the war on women will be coming back, etc

Their tactic to try and distract from their failures..lets hope the people don't fall for it this time

just an awful party who can't be honest about anything and spreads nothing but fear and hate, all for keeping their power

they don't care how they do or who they have to use to do it
 
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crazy old [MENTION=1668]Stephanie[/MENTION]
Like you all did when the Obama administration but guards at Veterans memorials during the Obama government shutdown?

But you found another way to use them for your political agenda

shameful
what in the whack-a-doodle-doo world of rightwing talking points are you yapping on about?

Why didn't a single GOP presidential candidate stand up for an active duty service member serving in a war zone?
Probably because he was violating armed services regulations by announcing his sexual orientation.
 

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crazy old [MENTION=1668]Stephanie[/MENTION]
Like you all did when the Obama administration but guards at Veterans memorials during the Obama government shutdown?

But you found another way to use them for your political agenda

shameful
what in the whack-a-doodle-doo world of rightwing talking points are you yapping on about?

Why didn't a single GOP presidential candidate stand up for an active duty service member serving in a war zone?
Probably because he was violating armed services regulations by announcing his sexual orientation.
Nope.
 

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ANOTHER repub/rw'er "let 'em die" moment :eusa_doh: And they wonder why they can't win the senate :rolleyes:
 

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Does anyone remember Colin Powell committing treason at the UN, lying the country into an unjustifiable torture war? Remember the Bush administration lying to America and the world in order to kill thousands and thousands of people who weren't involved with 9/11 at all?

Do you talking monkeys remember any of that? Thousands of American soldiers dead, tens of thousands more wounded, all to destroy stockpiles of WMD that did not exist.

Remember?
 

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Thank God (well, Your New Messiah) that all the madness ended in January, 2009 when all the troops were brought safely home exactly as promised.

Remember that?

No?????

Then bi'god your Democrat Party Membership Card is subject to immediate revocation!
 
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crazy old [MENTION=1668]Stephanie[/MENTION]
Like you all did when the Obama administration but guards at Veterans memorials during the Obama government shutdown?

But you found another way to use them for your political agenda

shameful
what in the whack-a-doodle-doo world of rightwing talking points are you yapping on about?

Why didn't a single GOP presidential candidate stand up for an active duty service member serving in a war zone?
Probably because he was violating armed services regulations by announcing his sexual orientation.
Really? All the GOP candidates did NOT defend an active duty military member in a war zone, because they felt he was violating a regulation? :eusa_liar:
 

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crazy old [MENTION=1668]Stephanie[/MENTION]

what in the whack-a-doodle-doo world of rightwing talking points are you yapping on about?

Why didn't a single GOP presidential candidate stand up for an active duty service member serving in a war zone?
Probably because he was violating armed services regulations by announcing his sexual orientation.
Really? All the GOP candidates did NOT defend an active duty military member in a war zone, because they felt he was violating a regulation? :eusa_liar:
Defend him from what?
 

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