The Senate should be ashamed
The Gallup poll indicates that 68% of American adults favor repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).
The Senate won’t be voting on said repeal, by a vote of 57-40, with the 57 in favor but 60 necessary.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., forced today’s vote because he said he was tired of Republicans playing games. “Discrimination has never served America well,” he said, adding the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” hurts morale.
Sen. John McCain is a major enemy of repeal. He wanted a study made, the Department of Defense made the study. It shows that there is no problem with repeal. He wants another study. He just can’t bring himself to envision an army where gay and straight soldiers serve together–despite the obvious fact that they have served together for centuries, ever since that noted sissy Alexander the Great was a soldier.
Whenever I think of this situation, I think of the late 40’s, when Harry Truman ended segregation in the Army. I can see in my mind some Alabama redneck recruit going up to his drill instructor and saying “I ain’t gonna share a room with no damned nigra” and the DI replying “Oh yes you are” and that was the end of the discussion–and the armed forces are perhaps the most integrated organization in the nation today. Except for a few redneck bozos, the people in the service are perfectly aware that there are gays among them and have no problem with the situation.
The problem lies with the Republican senators who must pander the their fundamentalist Christian base–silly people who still go around talking about homosexuality as an “abomination before the Lord”. You would like to think that a Senator would have the moral courage to stand up for what is right, but our system doesn’t seem to work that way. Sure wish it would.