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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-10 09:23 PM
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Now Ive been against the Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy since President Clinton signed the damn bill, I thought it was a stupid compromise that wasnt 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 doesnt 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, its 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 Obamas term, he was dealing with huge issuesanyone 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 dont even seem to know who their friends are. Its 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 what18 years, all of a sudden becomes President Obamas 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?

Ive 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 were 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 dont 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, dont you think? Because it wasnt in the forefront, it didnt 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 dont expect the whiners to get this nuance, because they cant 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 theyve 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.
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nofurylike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-10 01:33 AM
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1. K&spirit-R! excellent, firedupdem!! thank you for posting this!! nt
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-10 01:03 PM
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2. That needed to be said.
Reality isn't the norm out there anymore, and it's good to see it.
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-10 04:32 PM
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3. Ooooo girl!
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:11 PM
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4. LOL
Extreme Liberal tell's it how it is!
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