Saturday, December 18, 2010

DADT Repeal

Wow, now this is some good Christmas news for us all-- Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal. It is like an early Christmas present. It's not all that is required to recognize the civil rights for all citizens but it's a big start. It's also about using commonsense and not religious bigotry to make policy.

Maybe Obama will yet redeem himself in the eyes of progressives and the left. The next year will tell a lot about that but this is a good start. :)

4 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

Hallelujah and Amen!!!!!

TaraDharma said...

Don't mean to "Rain on your parade" but there are a couple of steps they still have to go through, such as Pres. and top military have to certify (whatever the hell that means) that implementation won't cause any harm in effectiveness of troops, and second, there is a 60 day wait period AFTER the certification.

Don't misunderstand, this is an important move forward, but the US has been behind the curve on this one for quite some time, and despite the headlines, it's not really a done deal. When it is, then I'll celebrate.

Rain said...

Except for the Marines, most of the military heads have already gone along with this. I think it is very good news because they really didn't think they could do it before the new Senate took office with less Democrats. Seeing so many Republicans vote for commonsense was encouraging to me. It's been crazy that it has taken this long but I am going to feel good about it as one of the few areas to do so. As one military leader said, it still means whatever someone's orientation they have to not sexually harass others. Be nice if they enforced with the heterosexuals...

I do think this is on the road and will go through and about time! Americans are very supportive of it which is another good sign for fixing the rest of the unfairness with time.

Infidel753 said...

Yes, a large majority of Americans favor repeal, and so do a majority of the troops, and so do many top military officers.

I guess it's true what they say -- if the people lead, then once they get far enough out ahead, the leaders will eventually follow.

A year from now, when everyone has gotten used to openly-gay soldiers and none of the predicted problems have materialized, it will be difficult to find any politician (outside the hard-core fundies) who wants to advertise the fact that he voted against repeal.