With all the partisan gridlock, seeing Congress pass any bill at all is rare enough. But seeing them do something worthwhile and seeing them make history is rare, indeed.
But the Senate did make history on Saturday, joining the House in voting to end the unjust Pentagon policy called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
It was a compromise adopted with the best of intentions by Bill Clinton in 1993, but it’s been a disaster ever since. Forcing brave soldiers to live a lie in order to serve our country in uniform. And expelling 13,500 men and women from the military: not because they couldn’t do their job, but only because they happened to be gay or lesbian.
Hats off to those members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, who voted to end this policy of discrimination.
And shame on those old farts, like John McCain, who represent the worst of America by insisting on treating certain Americans as second-class citizens.
We so seldom see history being made, let’s enjoy it when it happens.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is finally a thing of the past. God bless America!
That’s my parting shot for today.