There is so much to write about right now that I was torn over which offended me the most. I opted for this topic, but the other will follow rapidly. It just isn't as emotionally upsetting to me as: [Obama's Don't Ask Don't Tell Madness]
Basically the people who read this political blog more or less want someone to defend Obama. I get that. I see as they do that the alternative is much worse, but can we really defend what is wrong just because it's our guy and not end up losing our own collective souls?
Lately, Obama has been making it darned hard to defend him or to even understand what he's doing. Does he want so much to be friends with every kid that he doesn't realize actions have meaning? Does he really expect the Republicans will ever go out with him? Does he think the ones who brought him to the party have nowhere else to go?
The last one could be what he figures or maybe he really wants the Republicans to win this one. Maybe somebody told him he should want them to win it because despite his going on the stump for Democrats, he's doing an awful lot to undermine them with putting out this kind of tripe.
First of all, it's not up to Congress to end Don't Ask Don't Tell. Congress cannot be trusted with Constitutional issues and it was never intended to be. Congress should be made up of statesman but it's actually mostly made up of politicians who are always in it for the bottom line-- their own.
When Civil Rights for minorities was made the law of the land, it was done by enforcing the meaning of the Constitution through the courts. When women were finally given the right to make decisions about their own bodies, it was done by enforcing the meaning of the Constitution through the courts. Now here we are again and a Democrat... a damned Democrat in our president, dares to make the case that gays must only gain their rights through... wait for it... Congress.
A do-nothing, easily intimidated, paid for by the highest bidder, lack of guts, Congress should decide that the idea of taking one whole class of people and denying them the rights of everybody else, that's not okay?
Well if we have to wait for them, given the way it's been going, it won't happen. Congress, especially not once the Republicans take back the House and Senate, won't do any of that. They will be too busy investigating Obama for every nitpicking thing they can come up with to find grounds for impeachment. Some won't even wait for that, they'll be filing the first shot as soon as they get those heads of the committee positions to authorize investigations and issue subpoenas. These are the same types who spent the Clinton years doing just that. We know what they are already promising, people like Issa who is in a position to have that power if Republicans take control. Does Obama really not pay attention to history? If you don't get it as to what they will be doing, it means you also haven't been listening or paying attention these last two years when they tried to block those who had it from doing anything.
Obama is right in one thing. Right now, there is no alternative to supporting Democrats, not with the Republicans eager to gut any chance for the middle class to regain jobs or even get the educations to get those jobs, not when the only thing they can see cutting are more public services while they grow the military, when they would take gay rights backward, but he's wrong on what he did.
The ugliness of what Obama did to those who have supported him, who know that it is wrong wrong wrong to deny gays the right to marriage and to serve openly and proudly in the military, to do that means he has sold all of us out and not even to the highest bidder as the other party already has them. This is worse for the kids growing up who still cannot live in a country that recognizes although we might be born different colors or sexes, we all have certain unalienable rights.
He sold us out to people who support someone like Christine O'Donnell who made the religiously bigoted, stupid and ignorant comment that being gay is the equivalent of adultery in the military... Excuse me but being gay is a biological fact and gay people are no more required to practice sex with someone else than a heterosexual (of course, she has a crusade out there to make self-satisfying sex equally sinful).
O'Donnell might not win her election but people who think a lot like her are going to win enough to make it quite possible that the Congress will be under Republican control. Obama through asking the court for a stay on DADT, by announcing the feds will enforce drug laws no matter what the states might decide (watch him go after Oregon's death with dignity law next. The only question will be before or after the election), as he tries to consolidate power for the federal government through putting down Arizona's attempt to regulate illegal immigration, like saying he could work with Republicans if they do win (Is he not only an opportunist on all of this but also nuts?), Obama will be part of helping a Republican Congress to happen and we lefties won't soon forgive him for it. We voted for change, not more of the same old same old.
Oh there's more...