The Senate Republicans blocked legislation today that would have FINALLY repealed the horrid “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that actively discriminates against certain members of the military for no other reason than that gay people are icky. Fuck that.
Not that this is surprising, but here is the shit that has me livid right now. From the MSNBC write up about the vote:
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine had been seen as the crucial 60th vote because she supports overturning the military ban. But Collins agreed with her GOP colleagues that Republicans weren’t given sufficient chance to offer amendments.
She also said (if you can believe it): “Now is not the time to play politics simply because an election is looming in a few weeks.”
You know what, Senator Collins? I get you. Restoring the civil rights of people who are RIGHT NOW fighting and dying in Afghanistan (and lots of other parts of the world) for you and yours is not nearly as important as your fucking chance to offer amendments. I’m so glad that we have such compassionate and constitutionally-minded elected officials to remind us of these things. I don’t think for a single second that you are playing politics at all either. You, of course, are not to blame at all.
According to CNN, Harry Reid has said (but hasn’t actually done, from what I can) that he would like to add a measure that allows the children of illegal immigrants who are students and soldiers an easier path to citizenship. So, that allows guys like Scott Brown to vote down DADT because (I bet you can’t guess what he said):
“I am opposed to illegal immigration, and I am deeply disappointed that Washington politicians are playing politics with military funding in order to extend a form of amnesty to certain illegal immigrants,” Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts said in a statement issued hours ahead of Tuesday’s vote.
WHAT? WHAT? WHAT? Everything always looks so fucking easy to these Republican nuts. Yes, a person who serves in our military, fighting for our rights and under the order of our commanders, that person basically got a free fucking ride to amnesty.
MSNBC also says:
If Democrats lose seats in the upcoming elections this fall, repealing the ban could prove even more difficult — if not impossible — next year.
Without pointing out that if President Obama really gave a shit about gay members of the military, he’d just do the right thing as Commander-in-Chief and sign the order ending DADT. So, it’s not impossible. In fact, it isn’t even difficult. But, much to my disappointment, our president is a coward. So, we get this:
President Obama had promised to repeal the congressionally enacted ban on military service by openly gay and lesbian sevicemembers. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the White House is “disappointed” at the Senate vote, “but we’ll keep trying.”
“The president obviously continues to urge Congress to act, and is working as well with the Pentagon to see this come to fruition,” Gibbs said.
Finally, from the CNN article, we learn this piece of information that actually has nothing to do with anything when it comes to civil rights but somehow seems to ALWAYS fucking trump them. Homophobics, commence being victims:
On Tuesday, the general nominated to head the Marine Corps told a Senate committee that he believes responses from Marines on repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy have been mostly negative so far.
Gen. James Amos said he had heard that at Marine bases and in Marines’ responses to an online survey, the feeling “is predominantly negative.” He added, however, “I don’t know that as a fact.”
In written answers to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Amos said he opposes repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy now because it could disrupt cohesion due to “significant change during a period of extended combat operations.”
This is such shit because who knows when we will no longer be in extended combat operations. If we use that excuse, guess what? DADT can never be repealed. It seems, well, convenient.
But just so everyone is clear, everything would actually be fine if DADT was repealed.
At the same time, Amos made clear that he would oversee a repeal if ordered to do so.
“The Marine Corps is probably one of the most faithful services you have in our country,” Amos said. “And if the law is changed by Congress and signed by the president of the United States, the Marine Corps will get in step and do it smartly.”
What? I totally don’t get all of this double speak. All it is doing is allowing people to continue their fucked up justifications for backing DADT but making it hard to claim the reason is homophobia.
AHHHHHH!!!!! [head slamming on desk repeatedly for huge dramatic effect]