From MSNBC on the repeal of DADT. Thank you President Obama, you did exactly what you said you would do. Fucking Aye, Civil Rights for more people. Emphasis from Daily Kos…
Rachel Maddow: You know, a lot of people said that once it was clear that it was going to pass that it would open the door to some unexpected “yes” votes. And I always am, I always tend to be a little cynical about these things so I’m not sure that I believed it. But it’s true. To see Richard Burr, in particular, move on this, to see John Ensign move on this — John Ensign indicated that he might move on this — it just shows you that the politics of this are unpredictable and that people who will try to denounce this as “a traditional right-left issue” the way that John McCain I think in particular has tried to demagogue it, it’s just, they’re just wrong. They’re talking about something that might have been true 20 years ago and isn’t true now.
I think that politically, though, the thing to not lose touch of, to not lose touch with here, this is the President’s victory. The President took a lot of criticism, a lot of abuse, a lot of skepticism from his otherwise most loyal supporters on this. But this is an issue on which the President did not waver. He continually insisted that this was possible. That it would get done.
It, in fact, was not possible for the President to do this through Executive action. This is something that had to happen legislatively if it was really going to happen in a definitive way.
The President did not waver. He DID work on the Senate to get this to happen. He insisted that this was possible against a lot of people, including me, saying it was not possible.
This is a difficult promise kept. It’s not just a promise that was kept. It was one that was hard to keep, that cost a lot of political capital and a lot of work and this is the President’s victory today and his base will reward him for it.
I just had to say that, sorry. Those 3 fucks have spent two years trashing President Barack Obama over his not moving fast enough, for not acting like a king and issuing an executive order to stop enforcement and basically any other angle they could come up with to trash him. I’m sure they will now laud him and heap praise upon him for the next two years (cough, choke, gag)…I knew you’d like that one. I have a saying I’d like to pound into those 3 fucks heads that I have learned in my advancing years and is completely true, according to Random House, the proverb has been traced back to ‘Piers Plowman’ by William Langland…
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE, YOU WHINERS!
I added the “you whiners” part myself, kind of the 2010 version of the saying. I had to, since I was banned from Americablog for basically using that word. Aravosis and his moderator apparently did not like that word and banished me from their….I won’t say it. I also like the Latin version…
Maxima enim..patientia virtus (Patience is the greatest virtue)
Or how about the French…
Patience est une grant vertu – (Patience is a great value)
Chaucer even wrote it in his Canterbury Tales…
Patience is a high virtue
Of course the damage has been done by the 3 fucks above and their many minions and fellow haters. And now we have a Republican controlled congress coming soon to a theater near you and how much do you want to bet that everything that doesn’t get done because of it, will be blamed on President Obama?
I’m very proud of our president for taking the steps to permanently change the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy of the military. I thought he was bold during the campaign to say that he would and have believed all along that he was going to do it. Many in the LGBT community have been impatient with his lack of movement on it…until recently. I figured he was trying not to have a repeat of President Clinton’s first year, where the gays in the military issue completely distracted everyone, the media, the public and the legislators. Those type of social issues get people riled up and with our dysfunctional, sensational media, I’m sure it would have been even worse this time around. Our media likes to obsess about these type of social issues, it sells magazines and increases ratings, so I think it was a tactical move to focus on the economy and health care. It’s terrible that some have had to suffer over the last year because of the delay, but when you look at the long term prospects, he is doing it right. Admiral Mullen’s testimony a couple of weeks ago sent a very strong message to the world that it will change. From a TPM story….
“The fact that the military’s senior leadership (both in and out of uniform) sees no significant threat to unit cohesion and combat effectiveness from permitting openly gay men and women to serve will make it all but impossible for Congress to articulate a rational basis for excluding them,” they wrote.
Mullen’s testimony, alongside that of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, was unequivocal.
“No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens,” Mullen said. “For me, personally, it comes down to integrity, theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.”
Things are moving pretty quickly since Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates spoke out.
On the Senate Armed Forces Committee, for example, Sens. Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham and George LeMieux have all said they are open to repealing DADT if the military study concludes they should.
Sen. John McCain, the ranking member of the committee, also says he will define his stance by the results of the review. It’s a bit of a backtrack from previous statements, in which he said he’d only support a repeal if military leadership does too. McCain contends that because Mullen spoke on his own personal behalf, it’s not enough for McCain to rescind his support of DADT.
But it seems unlikely that Mullen and Gates would have put themselves on the line for a repeal if they expected the review to show that DADT should remain.
Now I hope those bloggers who have attacked the president so relentlessly over the last year about this issue, will come back to reality and give this administration some credit for delivering the change he promised. I don’t necessarily think that will happen, but I’m hopeful.