Well, it finally happened. Republicans blocked the defense authorization bill from moving to the Senate floor. This will effectively stall consideration of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Full disclosure: I’m neither gay nor in the military. So while I don’t personally have a dog in this race I am concerned about it from a human rights stand and from a concern over having an efficient national defense.
Keeping qualified people out of the military based on sexual orientation is discriminatory. Getting rid of qualified people who have been outed is wrong and weakens our military. Promoting discrimination based on the excuse that it makes our military less efficient is false. That has been disproven in other militaries elsewhere. And the excuse that it makes our heterosexual soldiers uncomfortable…well, that’s just silly.
So here’s a question: do Republicans really think this was agood political move? And why? The party line is that Leader Reid was limiting the number of amendments that could be tacked on to the bill. The Democrats have characterized this move as a “procedural ruse”.
Even Republicans who support the repeal of DADT refused to break ranks with their party. An objection to procedural rules seems like a pretty lame reason to block a bill for funding of the military.
No I think this is just more ‘Party of No’ obstructionism. Keep President Obama from fulfilling his campaign promises at all costs. At least until the anticipated Republican ‘tsunami’ gets here in November. The Newt Gingrich shutdown of government is alive and well. They’re just not coming out and saying it publicly mostly because that strategy didn’t work so well the first time around. I don’t think it’s going to this time, either.
I’ll just quote Newt himself by asking Democrats, “had enough?” Get out the vote.