Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Waiting for the Fierce Advocate, Democrats Fail to Lead on DADT, DOMA, ENDA
Harry Reid says he has no plans to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Harry says he is thinking Obama could handle this.
And if the Fierce Advocate won't issue that Executive Order?
Then Harry is waiting for Nancy Pelosi to do something. Obama is, of course, on record with the plan of waiting for Harry and Nancy to take care of it.
How long we are expected to wait? To what end do we support the Administration without knowing anything of its plan (and worse, its lack of action)? Do we wait until after the 2010 midterms to 'protect our majority'? Do we wait until the end of 2012 after he is reelected? Or do we wait until the 2014 midterms to keep Congress? Perhaps we are expected to wait until year 7 of his administration (assuming he hasn't tossed aside so many supporters that he loses). Perhaps they will ask us to hold off until 2017, because, after all, we don't want to lose the White House.
Let's look at exactly what we are asking for:
1. DADT: Repeal of a law that Congress passed and the President signed to shaft gays.
2. DOMA: Repeal of a law that Congress passed and the President signed to shaft gays.
3. ENDA: Job protections that leave us without protection from housing, lending or public accommodation discrimination.
No doubt that Obama is (was?) better than the alternative, however it was simply not necessary to submit to the Court what is the most harmful (and hurtful) governmental attack on us as a people that I have seen in my lifetime, without an explanation. The government, THE government, of Barack Obama has entered heinous arguments supporting DOMA forever in the legal records of the United States of America. Thanks for that...
Gay Politics Gender News Obama LGBT Fierce Advocate Betrayal
Posted by egalia at 7:24 AM