Rereading the transcript of last night’s debate, I am struck that Rick Santorum did not thank Stephen Hill, a gay soldier in the U.S. Army currently in Iraq, for his service. Nor did anyone else on that stage. Whatever you think of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” or homosexuality, Hill is risking his life on behalf of his country. It is troubling, and revealing, that Santorum’s answer entirely defined Hill as a gay man first and as a soldier second, if at all.
i) To begin with, if you obtain a job under false pretenses, you can rightly be fired. If you lie on your application form, you can rightly be fired. If you apply to a law firm and put on your resume that you’re a Harvard Law School grad when that isn’t true, the firm has every right to terminate you.
ii) If you do something for me that I don’t want, don’t need, didn’t ask for or agree to, then I owe you nothing in return. It’s like those roadside windshield washers who, when you’re waiting at the stoplight, presume to wash your windshield without permission, then bang on your window, demanding reimbursement. That’s extortion.
Don’t do something wrong, then play on my sympathy. That works for sappy liberals, not for me.