We just wanted to take a moment to send much props out to PA Congressman Patrick Murphy, who’s just engaged in probably one of the riskiest moves of his political career. Earlier this month, Murphy, an Iraq war vet, announced that he was leading an effort (along with other veterans and gay rights organizations) to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gays in the military. At the heart of the effort is a nationwide tour wherein Murphy will plead his case, which goes a little something like this:
“‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ clearly isn’t working for our military, and it hinders national security and military readiness at a time when America is fighting in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan [...] My time in Iraq taught me that our military needs and deserves the best and the brightest who are willing to serve- and that means all Americans, regardless of their orientation. Discharging brave and talented servicemembers from our armed forces is contrary to the values that our military fights for and that our nation holds dear.”
He began his tour this morning at Independence Mall. Keep an eye on the national media for this one; something tells us it’s only a matter of time before Murphy’s quest hits the cable newsiverse.