Monday, January 25, 2010

Why the DADT Repeal will Never Happen

John Aravosis of AMERICAblog:

DADT hearing, supposed to happen this week, is now 'not scheduled'

Joe just called the Senate Armed Services Committee to find out when the Don't Ask Don't Tell hearing is going to be, the one that we were promised would happen this week. They told him the hearing hasn't been scheduled.

We predicted this a good seven months ago. Let me quote my article in Salon last June:

When, Mr. President, will be a good time to set my people free? When will the leader of the free world get a breather, a presidential timeout as it were? (And I thought this was the administration that could walk and chew gum at the same time.) Are we really to believe that 2010, a congressional election year, will be any more timely than today? Or 2011, the beginning of the presidential primaries? Or 2012, with a congressional and presidential election? There is quite literally no time like the present.

Sigh, such a tiring narrative. The president doesn't have an almighty wand to waive. Yes, he could do more than attempting to pass it through the Defense Authorization Bill perhaps just repeal it, but that is too open to a fight.

My question, what about the gay community? Where are the phone calls to Congress and Senate? Huge marches for inequality? Protests? Lt. Daniel Choi aside, I just haven't seen or heard enough. Change happens not because of one man, but because of the will of the people. Blaming Obama does no one any good and is misplaced. Want things to get done? Make it happen with or without Obama's magic "acceptance" wand.

It really is hard sometimes to support the cause when it is being fought like it has already been lost.

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Paddy K said...

OMG, you are like so anti-gay

Asian-American Pundit said...

I know it's because they are ruining my marriage and my military industrial complex.