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Administration Backtracking on Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell

Timothy Kincaid

April 16th, 2009

From the New York Times

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made clear on Thursday that any repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law would have to be undertaken slowly, and suggested that it might not happen at all.

“If we do it,’’ Mr. Gates told reporters on his plane enroute to Rhode Island, “it’s important that we do it right, and very carefully.’’

I think it would be prudent for the President to clarify that there is no “if” and that he’s not bailing on one of his campaign promises or “pushing it down the road a bit”. But I really don’t expect him to.

So I think that Congress needs to stop waiting for this President to lead on issues of basic freedom and equality and take the matter into their own hands. Overturn the military’s institutionalized discrimination already. The voters are behind you if the administration is not.

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sickntired08
April 16th, 2009 | LINK

WOW, like you didn’t see this coming, HE used us to get in to Office just like Clinton did..

Change my asss

Pomo
April 16th, 2009 | LINK

Did anyone really think Obama would give us any real help beyond some lip service?

PSUdain
April 16th, 2009 | LINK

A. It’s not even past 100 days yet, so let’s give him SOME time. (Even though I do believe that that was in his “First Hundred Days” package of promises.)

B. If he doesn’t come through, though, we MUST hold his ass accountable. In an age when marriage equality has been enacted by a legislature, and one of the best pro-equality speeches I’ve heard has been delivered by the governor of one of our biggest states, there is no excuse for not taking decisive action on this relatively small matter of basic fairness.

And I mean really hold him accountable, not the typical “namby-pamby” crap that we play around with–we must make ourselves heard.

HappyCat
April 17th, 2009 | LINK

We have proved to the Democratic party they can treat us LGBT folks like shit, and we still vote for them in record numbers. What makes anyone believe it is any different this time?

President Obama has ticked me off enough with his decission to let the war criminals off the hook. He has taken some of Bush’s policies and will continue to use them.

Kicking us LGBT in the teeth is no big deal, they know we will be ready to vote for him again in 2012.

Eddie89
April 17th, 2009 | LINK

Does Obama actually believe that he practically won the Presidency of the United States of America on a landslide by pandering to the religious, conservative, right wing voter?

He and the Democrats won their majorities based on their promises of “Change You Can Believe In!”

So, based on the promised platform they ran on, they won! Done deal!

So, what are you waiting for?!

Just DO IT!

End DOMA! NOW!

End DADT! NOW!

Fool me once, shame on you!

Fool me twice, shame on me!

Come 2012, I will vote 3rd party if Obama and the Democrats do not live up to their promises of “Change You Can Believe In!”

Tom in Lazybrook
April 18th, 2009 | LINK

Its hard to blame Obama for backpedalling on DADT repeal when the Human Rights Campaign’s Treasurer PUBLICALLY signed off on a delay in repeal. Thanks HRC for hurting Gay rights.

Tom in Lazybrook
April 18th, 2009 | LINK

But I’d like to say to the Dems that you don’t own my vote. I raised thousands for you in the last several years (and not the low thousands). I put you into office to enact Gay rights legislation. If I don’t see action this term on ENDA, I will be starting the ‘why bother’ movement.

I would also be amenable to starting to primary Democrats that don’t lead on Gay rights issues. Nancy Pelosi, why aren’t you leading? Maybe someone in SF should run against HER on Gay rights issues.

Tom in Lazybrook
April 18th, 2009 | LINK

I would also encourage us to research the leadership of the committees. I don’t care if they support Gay rights. I care if they can get Gay rights bills PASSED. No excuses. Lead.

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