Don’t Ask, Just Tell (or, Just Call…)

May 26th, 2010

Inspired by Lawmakers divided on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ as votes near (Washington Post 5/24/10), White House Seeks To Speed Up ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal (Huffington Post 5/25/10), Congress must act now on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ (Gen. John Shalikashvili, The Cap Times 5/25/10), Rep. Murphy: Dems Have The Votes For DADT Repeal (Talking Points Memo 5/25/10), and Digging Into DADT Details: As stakeholders examined the proposed DADT repeal compromise, support for repeal compromise met with criticism and vote counts (Metro Weekly 5/26/10), What Does Victory on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Look Like? (Huffington Post 5/26/10), and Gay Troops Are Nothing To Fear (Change.org 5/26/10). And please sign the petitions below.

“Patrick Murphy, Iraq war veteran, is a great man!!!! Basically any military person who stands up for fellow service members are great American’s! Face it, the US military is fighting for the rights of ALL American’s not just straight American’s. The military has been there for us for hundreds of years! I’d like to see a f00l like POR4319 tell disabled Marine(ret) Eric Alva that he didn’t belong in the Marines when he lost his leg for his country and his fellow Marines he was fighting…” – Sprtakis69 commenting on HuffPost
 
“Congress should repeal the law, providing the secretary and the chairman with enough maneuvering room that, when the time is right, they can implement policies that end discrimination and maximize military readiness.” — former Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. John Shalikashvili
 
“The American People don’t want the American military to be used to advance a liberal political agenda.” – Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana), in spite of the fact that 78% of Americans now support DADT’s repeal
 
“GOP lawmakers in the lower chamber are poised to vote en masse against the defense authorization bill if it includes an amendment to repeal the law barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military.” — GOP to defend ‘Don’t ask, Don’t Tell’ (The Hill 5/25/10)
 
“We had to destroy the village to save the village.” – Unnamed US officer in Vietnam


HRC is asking you to tell

Your representative to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.


Yesterday, Congressman Patrick Murphy introduced an amendment

“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to circumvent.

President Obama has expressed his support for it,

Even though some gay rights activists don’t adore it.


They think the amendment doesn’t go far and fast enough

And that Obama should be more tough.

But the amendment is endorsed by HRC,

And that is enough for a pragmatist like me.


But Republicans think Murphy’s compromise is going to far,

And their response is a bit bizarre.

They’re in favor of more waiting,

And against the military’s gay policy updating.


And if Republicans don’t get their way,

They’ll oppose the whole Defense bill, they say.

They’ll destroy the whole military to save it from the gays?

(The GOP never ceases to amaze.)


Mike Pence claims the American people opposes this (gay) liberal agenda,

But like Rachel says, 78% of Americans oppose DADT, according to recent referenda.

What about the $1.3 billion DADT has cost taxpayers?

Doesn’t that bother you spending cut purveyors?


And PS to Rachel:

I disagree in part with your historical portrayal

That DADT was Clinton’s betrayal.

DADT under Clinton started off as an improvement,

But under Bush it morphed away from that original intent.

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Here’s Chris Mathews’ 5/25/10 reports with HRC’s Joe Solmonese. The “Don’t Ask, Just Tell” is from Matthews’ 5/24/10 report (couldn’t find a copy of that online).

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Here’s Rachel’s 5/25/10 interview with Congressman Patrick Murphy.

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Finally, here’s a letter from a soldier in Afghanistan Chris Matthews read on the air tonight. I think it says it all. And don’t forget to sign the petitions and CALL.

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Here’s your theme music, Don’t Ask Me No Questions by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

SIGN THESE HRC and Change.org PETITIONS and then CLICK HERE to make and report a follow-up call (very important).

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2 Responses to “Don’t Ask, Just Tell (or, Just Call…)”

  1. Dan Jones Says:

    I believe DADT is the worst of the current anti-gay US laws because it requires punishment simply for being gay. While other anti-gay laws deny rights, they don’t require direct punishment. Please join me in telling our elected representatives including Obama, to end the punishment and official stigmatization now, not years from now, by signing my petition and every other one you can find on Change. org, at GetEqual, HRC and any others you can find. My petition is at: http://www.change.org/actions/view/end_the_punishment_repeal_dadt_now
    Thanks for your consideration. Dan Jones

  2. Newsericks Says:

    Agreed, although Gates has now come out in support of DADT repeal (vis. http://www.joplinglobe.com/editorial/x1414116732/In-our-view-Don-t-ask-don-t-tell), though maybe not as strongly as we would have hoped.

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