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Filibuster May Thwart ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

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Posted on Sep 21, 2010
White House / Pete Souza

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 27, 2010.

President Obama should make a mental note that whatever he announces that he’s going to do by a certain point in time is also duly noted by his opponents. For example, his mention of finally reversing the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy during his State of the Union speech last January is causing some considerable resistance among Republican ranks—surprise!—partly because of the looming midterm elections. Quick, someone call Lady Gaga.  —KA

The New York Times:

By the end of the year, Mr. Obama said, he would seek a full repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The president called it a “law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are,” and he said repealing it was “the right thing to do.”

The promise faces a critical test today as supporters of the current policy say they will try to filibuster military defense legislation that includes the repeal. With midterm elections just six weeks away, a unified Republicans filibuster would likely mean a delay in fulfilling the president’s pledge until next year.

Opponents of an unrelated immigration measure included in the annual defense authorization bill are also vowing to filibuster, increasing the odds that both issues will be put off.

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By RAE, September 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

It won’t make any difference. Even if the bill passes and DADT is repealled, those opposed will only continue to challenge and fight and pick at the issue thus preventing it from ever truly healing.

Reminds me of the “would rather fight than switch” cigarette ads of yesteryear. There are millions of Americans out there who have no understanding whatsoever of the meaning of “live and let live” or even “fair play.” These ignoramuses know nothing about the naturally occuring variances that have always existed in normal human sexualities… AND THEY DON’T WANT TO KNOW.

This level of deliberately chosen, profound IGNORANCE would blow my mind if encountered in some backwater 3rd world country but to realize that it’s very much alive and well in America in 2010 leaves me without words…

...except… I’m truly thankful that I don’t give a rat’s ass what most people think about anything. The internet is a two edged sword if there ever was one. Unprecendented access to information - wonderful; unbridled ability to spout the most bizarre bullshit - depressing almost to the point where it cancels out the benefit.

I really don’t understand why it isn’t a felony to publish, in any way, one’s personal, biased, ignorant opinion and represent it as fact.

Everyone is entitled to his/her own OPINION. NO ONE is entitled to his/her own FACTS.

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By M L, September 21, 2010 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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This isn’t about Republican obstruction of justice. This is about a corrupt congress and a disfunctional legislative process. Congress was corrupted years ago by politians willing to prostitute themselves for the almighty dollar. With the politians need for secrecy (deals, holds, filibusters, bills, pork) the legislative process is simply a fradulent money operation hiding behind a mask of a legislative branch of government. This Congress is all Smoke & Mirrors. We, the American People, must stop funding this corrupt and fradulent money operation

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