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Don’t Debate, Don’t Vote

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

As reported in Senate fails in attempt to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ (Washington Post 9/22/10) and ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’: The legal options (WashingtonPost.com 9/22/10), DADT’s repeal has been blocked by the Republican voting block.

“All of America is watching, and they don’t think that the Defense Authorization Bill in times of war is the appropriate thing to do to advance a far-left liberal agenda. And what is that liberal agenda? The liberal agenda is to have open gays serving in the military.” – Sen. James Inhofe


Yesterday’s attempt to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Unfortunately didn’t work out very well.


Every single Republican voted against allowing debate

(The new Senate rule is that the minority can dictate).


A Defense Authorization Bill has never been filibustered before,

But Republicans are pushing the envelop more and more.


75% of Americans surveyed support DADT’s repeal—

What does that about the GOP reveal?


Even 64% of Republicans say gays should be able to openly serve,

So just what is that Republicans are trying to preserve?


Military leaders are now also in favor of repeal

Because it’s dishonorable to ask soldiers, their orientation to conceal.


The excuses Republicans give just don’t hold water—

All they’re doing is for the bigoted Far Right carrying water.


“It’s an unrelated amendment” was their rallying cry–

Never mind that they when they were in power, that rule didn’t apply.


They attached unrelated amendments to Defense bills all the time,

But when Dems try to do it, suddenly it’s a crime.


And repealing DADT actually isn’t unrelated at all—

It’s necessary, further national security threats to forestall.


(If you don’t believe that, just take a look

At Nathaniel Frank’s new book.)


When the GOP was in power, if Dems dared oppose anything in their Defense bill,

Republicans cried “traitor” and “against the troops” to bend Dems to their will.


How is it that Republicans can now so blithely leave the Defense bill up in the air?

I guess they’re the ones that don’t about the troops care.


All Dems wanted was a straight up and down vote,

Which they would have won, as the 57 “yeas” denote.


Mr. President, you tried the legislative route, but now it’s time for unilateral action:

Don’t allow discrimination to continue because of this small bigoted faction.


So Senate Republicans refuse to repeal it?

DADT was already rulled unconstitutional: just don’t appeal it.

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A few side notes:


Senator McCain: Next time, before you start to pontificate,

Please try to get your facts straight.

 

Your notion of how DADT has been enforced

Is totally from reality divorced.

 

Senator Inhofe, I was surprised to find out

That 64% of Republicans are members of the far-left liberal devout.

 

Senator Franken: I was moved by your speech.

Too bad that sentiment  wasn’t enough, Senators across the aisle to reach.

 

Senator Web: I appreciate that you voted to open debate.

Now if you’d also support repeal, that would be great.

 

And Senators Pryor and Lincoln, who voted with the GOP:

Both of you are dead to me.

Here’s Rachel’s 9/15/10 interview with Vice President Biden, who made the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Vote” statement. Probably accidental, but nonetheless accurate.
 

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Here’s Rachel’s 9/21/10 report, including an interview with Nathaniel Frank, author of the book Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, video of Al Franken’s moving speech on the Senate floor, and video of Senator McCain’s misunderstanding regarding DADT implementation.
 

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