Now I’ve been against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy since President Clinton signed the damn bill, I thought it was a stupid compromise that wasn’t going to work since it gave too much discretion to the military, which is overrun with macho, homophobic men who are probably overcompensating for their inability to deal with their own sexuality. In the early 90’s, it may have been the only thing that could pass both houses and be signed by the president, but that certainly doesn’t make it a good thing. I bet some are wondering if not passing anything would have been better, in hindsight.
Since President Obama made his intentions clear to repeal the policy in the campaign, it’s been kind of surreal how he has been attacked by the LGBT community. One of the primary reasons I started this blog was because I was banned from Americablog for basically calling many of the commenters that horrible word “impatient”. This was about a year into President Obama’s term, he was dealing with huge issues…anyone remember being on the verge of the second great depression, anyone remember the battle to try to bring health care to more Americans, anyone remember how Republicans were saying no to everything the President attempted, just for political gain? The way some of the leaders in the LGBT community responded and continue to – has been way over the top. They don’t even seem to know who their friends are. It’s like a fucking twilight zone, really. A policy that was passed by the husband of Hillary Clinton, who most of these sore losers supported, and has been in place for what…18 years, all of a sudden becomes President Obama’s fault. All the anger at this misguided policy has been placed at the feet of the one person who is actually trying to repeal it. How fucking stupid is that?
I’ve heard many of these folks scream and cry that he could issue an executive order immediately and stop it….and then when Sarah Palin is elected president, she can reverse that and we’re back to where we were. Great plan, guys and girls. They usually counter with, he can put a stop to it and then repeal the law after that. Well that may make sense on the surface, but just like with many other issues, these people don’t consider the dysfunctionality of our political process. The way President Obama has been approaching the issue is exactly how it should be done. Getting the buy-in of the military leaders, getting real opinions from servicemen and women and their families and following the procedures for passing an actual law that is much more permanent than some executive order. It has allowed for the time to measure public opinion, which is strongly against the DADT policy. The executive order route during the primary season in the Republican party would have been just lovely, don’t you think? Because it wasn’t in the forefront, it didn’t become a campaign issue and thus avoided some polarization. Once you throw an issue into a partisan battle, lines are drawn and political identification begins to trump well-reasoned positions. Now I don’t expect the whiners to get this nuance, because they can’t even seem to deal with the word “patience”, but regardless of whether they get it, the President is doing what is best for all people in the LGBT community, not just the vocal, so-called leaders of the community. Some of these folks, Aravosis, Greenwald and Savage have shown how much they really care about progressive issues as they undermine the best friend they’ve ever had in the Whitehouse. How much sense does it make to weaken the one person who is trying to change things for the better, who has appointed more LGBT folks than any president by far in just 2 years as president and who may be the last chance for any kind of change for a long time to come when you consider the pendulum swing to the right that weakening this president has caused.
Hooray for the Democrats and Harry Reid for going for it, I’ve been waiting for this article since the election and here it is. From the New York Times…
In a direct challenge to Republicans who support the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said he would push ahead with a military policy bill that includes language authorizing the Pentagon to repeal the ban.
But the White House on Wednesday repeated President Obama’s commitment to repealing the ban. In a statement later in the day, Mr. Reid said he would bring the bill to the floor, with the repeal language in place. “We need to repeal this discriminatory policy so that any American who wants to defend our country can do so,” Mr. Reid said.
Let’s get that bitch done. And EVERYONE needs to help to get it done, which includes the whiners and the impatient fucks (Aravosis, Greenwald and Savage). All hands on deck, people…put away your pettiness and help the people you claim to speak for. There will be other things for you to whine about, I’m sure.
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.