“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Heads to the Dustbin of History

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    Good riddance!

    In a landmark for gay rights, the Senate on Saturday voted to let gays serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.

    Obama was expected to sign it next week, although the change wouldn’t take immediate effect…

    A great day in American history, and as usual it was Democrats leading the way. Next stop: full equality – including marriage – for all our citizens under the law.

    Not to be a party pooper, but as happy as I am about DADT repeal, I’m very unhappy – and angry – that Republicans overwhelmingly blocked the DREAM Act from becoming law. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, if Republicans are truly hell-bent on pushing a generation (or more) of Latino voters into the solid-Democratic-voter camp, that’s cool with me. Still, their vote today against the DREAM Act – and also, overwhelmingly, against ending DADT – was a disgrace, and should be remembered as such.

    One more point I really need to make. President Obama has taken a LOT of crap from his “left” over his sincerity and commitment to repealing DADT. I always thought it was misplaced, given that the problem was always Republicans, and a few conservative Democrats, and NOT President Obama. Anyway, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to President Obama, as well as to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and even Joe Lieberman (can’t believe I just wrote those words!), for pushing so hard on DADT repeal. Also, THANK YOU to Obama, Pelosi and Reid for their efforts on the DREAM Act.  As for John McCain, well…GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!  

    UPDATE #1: Looks like a lot of progressives feel the same way as I do right now! 🙂

    UPDATE #2: It can’t be emphasized enough how badly John McCain – the 2008 Republican nominee for president – disgraced himself today. From the happy “maverick” of 2000, he has morphed into an angry, bitter, nasty old man. Compare and contrast to another conservative Republican Senator from Arizona, Barry Goldwater, whose views went in the opposite direction as he got older. Of course, McCain’s got about half the IQ of Goldwater, and the Republican Party has lurched far FAR to the right since Goldwater’s days, so maybe that helps explain it.

    UPDATE #3: I’ve already stated this, but thanks again to Jim Webb and Mark Warner for voting the right way on both the DREAM Act and DADT repeal. I’ve had my “issues” with both of these guys, but I’m proud of my two U.S. Senators today, and also feeling REALLY good about “drafting” James Webb back in 2006! 🙂

    • blue bronc

      DOMA will be a battle royal. Right now I can see the fight coming up.  Part of that will probably be several federal court decisions continuing the lack of equality decisions. What will the Roberts court do? My guess is if corporate america does not care or wants equality because of accounting procedures the Roberts court will go ahead and declare DOMA unconstitutional.

      The key will be at least 10 states with full marriage, 10 states with civil unions and 10 states with some level of domestic partnership.  That would be 30 states acknowledging gay partners; probably most containing the highest population areas and corporations.  

    • blue bronc

      They are now talking that nothing will happen for months (if not years).

      Sen.Gillibrand was stating something about no more discharges. Wrong, Obama will not stop discharges.

      For those of you thinking I might be alone in my distrust of Obama, I am not alone. Check out Pam’s House Blend for more discussion.

    • Mike1987

      “…President Obama has taken a LOT of crap from his “left” over his sincerity and commitment to repealing DADT…”

      This is due to the work of our House Democrats and Progressive Senators.  Unfortunately, the President will get the credit initially, but does not deserve it. Harry and Nancy do. There are too many Democrats over the last few years to mention here but suffice it to say I am grateful and stunned for their hard work. I did not think this would really happen and hate or indifference would win out. Being gay, having served and the wounds to show for it, I know that my comrades knew and did not care and more importantly, always inquired about my partner.  Where ever they are, thanks pals.

      Now back to more Obama bashing…… 🙂

    • blue bronc

      The importance of getting the DADT repeal passed has overwhelmed something that has not happened much during the last couple of years.  The Senate functioned the way it was supposed to. I hope those R’s voting for repeal are not punished too harshly.  

      Web was brought up in the post vote news conference, about how he was still concerned. I say again, the old days are gone, the troops live, sleep, eat, work and fight with gays. It is the old officers that are the problem, active and retired. They are fighting Korea and Vietnam, not 2010. Get them out of the way and our troops can come home.  The way we got out of Vietnam was “declare victory and leave”, it should be that way for SW Asia.

    • Dan Sullivan

      Moments ago, the Senate voted to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

      When that bill reaches my desk, I will sign it, and this discriminatory law will be repealed.

      Gay and lesbian service members — brave Americans who enable our freedoms — will no longer have to hide who they are.

      The fight for civil rights, a struggle that continues, will no longer include this one.

      This victory belongs to you. Without your commitment, the promise I made as a candidate would have remained just that.

      Instead, you helped prove again that no one should underestimate this movement. Every phone call to a senator on the fence, every letter to the editor in a local paper, and every message in a congressional inbox makes it clear to those who would stand in the way of justice: We will not quit.

      This victory also belongs to Senator Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and our many allies in Congress who refused to let politics get in the way of what was right.

      Like you, they never gave up, and I want them to know how grateful we are for that commitment.

      Will you join me in thanking them by adding your name to our letter?

      I will make sure these messages are delivered — you can also add a comment about what the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” means to you.

      As Commander in Chief, I fought to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because it weakens our national security and military readiness. It violates the fundamental American principles of equality and fairness.

      But this victory is also personal.

      I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my sexual orientation.

      But I know my story would not be possible without the sacrifice and struggle of those who came before me — many I will never meet, and can never thank.

      I know this repeal is a crucial step for civil rights, and that it strengthens our military and national security. I know it is the right thing to do.

      But the rightness of our cause does not guarantee success, and today, celebration of this historic step forward is tempered by the defeat of another — the DREAM Act. I am incredibly disappointed that a minority of senators refused to move forward on this important, commonsense reform that most Americans understand is the right thing for our country. On this issue, our work must continue.

      Today, I’m proud that we took these fights on.

      Please join me in thanking those in Congress who helped make “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal possible:

      http://my.democrats.org/Repealed

      Thank you,

      Barack

    • blue bronc

      Although my tone seems to be on the side of I will only believe it when it happens, I am very happy that the disaster Clinton created will be over in the next year or two (hopefully not with the next prez). Over in freeper land the world has come to an end. I went there so you don’t have to and no links.

      The essentials of freeper land are the end of the U.S. has occurred. Very few posting about how gays and lesbians are currently serving and have served in the military since the beginning of time. Several manly men stating how their family history was men serving and how they are disgusted (in their graves) and how they will tell their sons to avoid the pansy U.S. military. No mention of why they did not serve.

      Overall the freepers are at the point of freaking out because their version of America has ended. But, their version of America is ending everyday, especially after any equality occurs whether it be gender, race or sexual orientation. Many of them make teabaggers to the left of them, if that seems possible.  Hope they sleep poorly tonight.