At the last minute, I've changed the commentary this week.

I was going to talk about how we in the media have consistently misreported the President's latest tax initiative. That will have to wait, because something happened last night that I think needs your full attention.

It is this week's Uncut commentary.

The republicans running for president debated in Florida last night. One question came from an openly gay soldier serving in Iraq.

The soldier was boo'd by some in the crowd as he appeared on-screen above.

It's those boos that have me bothered.

Also the fact that not one of the candidates, who are usually so quick to wrap themselves in the flag, came to his defense.

There's a lot of false patriotism these days, by republicans and democrats. People thinking a flag on a lapel or saying a public prayer is enough.

Whether you like the question or not is immaterial.

The point is, this man answered his country's call to defend us, and all those assembled in that air-conditioned Florida auditorium. He deserves some respect.

I can't imagine a real conservative like Barry Goldwater, or Dwight Eisenhower, or either of the two George Bush's booing such a serviceman.

As a matter of fact, I'd like think George Patton would probably have thanked the soldier for his service - and slapped the audience members who booed - and he'd be right.

No one, republican or democrat, has a right to treat a soldier calling in from the front line that way.

Policy debate is one thing. That was something entirely different.

Those are my thoughts, what are yours? E-mail me at

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