Thursday, December 02, 2010

Of Ignorance and Impunity

One of my favorite Thomas Jefferson quotes is his assertion that “No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity." I think of that often and recently, as discussions about an appeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy have come round again, I've been thinking about it a lot.

The House has already voted to repeal DADT.  President Obama has said that he will sign the bill if the Senate will act.  So repeal of this ridiculous policy feels amazingly close at hand.  If only the Senate will act.

If only indeed.  Earlier this year, the Senate failed to act; many of those who opposed repeal indicated that they preferred to wait until a Pentagon report on the policy came out.  That report came out yesterday and it endorses a repeal.  The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs endorses a repeal.  The Secretary of Defense - a Republican appointee - endorses repeal.  It should be a done deal.

But it's not.  The stupidity of excluding people from serving their nation in the military because of their sexual orientation is not lost on me.  It's not lost on my ten year old sonIt's not lost on a majority of Americans.  But it is lost on a handful of Senators.

Soon enough, the Senate will be out of session.  In January, a new Congress takes office.  The new GOP-controlled House will not support repeal of DADT.  This is our moment.  It may be our last moment for a long time.

Call your Senator and urge him or her to support repeal of DADT.  Do it now.

1 comment:

Nichole said...

I wonder if Hillary Clinton would have been as much of a door mat as Obama has been. I often feel Republicans are like two year olds, and Obama is that parent who really needs to take his kid in the bathroom and spank him. Hillary would spank her kid!! Repealing DADT shouldn't even be an issue, but leave it to Washington muck it up somehow.