Sunday, October 11, 2009

Obama Says He Will End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy.

Barack Obama has promised to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy instituted by Bill Clinton in which gay people are allowed to serve in the military as long as they are circumspect about their sexuality.

It was always a ludicrous halfway house and Obama, without giving any specific timetable, has promised that the practice will end.

He acknowledged to a cheering crowd that some policy changes he promised on the campaign trail are not coming as quickly as they expected.

"I will end 'don't ask-don't tell,'" Obama said to a standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group.

The law was passed by Congress in 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton, who also promised to repeal the ban on homosexuals in the military but was blunted by opposition in the military and Congress. Obama said he's working with Pentagon and congressional leaders on ending the policy.

"We should not be punishing patriotic Americans who have stepped forward to serve the country," Obama said. "We should be celebrating their willingness to step forward and show such courage ... especially when we are fighting two wars."

Obama said it was no secret "our progress may be taking longer than we like." He followed this by asking supporters to trust his administration's course.

"I appreciate that many of you don't believe progress has come fast enough," Obama said. "Do not doubt the direction we are heading and the destination we will reach."

Even before Obama stood up to make this speech Bill Maher had recommended that Obama rescind "don't ask, don't tell" and he laid out his reasons:
One, because it's the right thing to do and two, because it will throw the conservative base into such a frenzied, pants-shitting panic that they'll drop all that BS about death panels and socialism and let us all get some actual work done.
Do it because it'll make Rush Limbaugh explode like a bag full of meat dropped from a helicopter. Do it because it'll make Sarah Palin go rogue in her pants.
So why does Bill think that rescinding "don't ask, don't tell" will end the right wing bases current obsession with socialism?
Because here's the thing about today's conservatives: they're not bright. They can't keep a lot of ideas in their head at once. And by "a lot" I mean "two." If we can get them all worked up about fighting the gay menace, it will siphon away all that crazy, right wing, town-hall energy from all the other big issues they've been fighting. The tea-baggers don't know what the word "socialism" means. But they do know what the word "gay" means, because their hairdresser explained it to them once, and they don't like it. They will be drawn to it like a moth to a flamer. Bush was practically re-elected on a promise to keep boys from kissing. Which is ridiculous, because if you want to stop gays from having sex, wouldn't you let them get married?
If we thought that they went mental when the subject was "socialism", watch as they practically spontaneously combust when the subject changes to gays serving in the military.

The great thing about the American right wing is that guys like Maher can send them up, and yet nothing which he says will not come to pass.

They will become seriously deranged over this.

But that's all part of Maher's master plan:
But while Glenn is busy explaining to his viewers that when he cries it's a butch thing, Obama and the Democrats can sweep in under the gaydar and pass real health care and real climate change bills. This is how we fight fire with Fire Island.
Maher makes me laugh because he understands the American right wing so well. He knows just how loopy they are. As I say, he's being very, very funny, but things will play out roughly as he is stating.

The loons on the right really are that predictable.

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