It makes no sense at all.
A young American wants to put on the uniform, put their life on the line, and defend our country – but they’re not allowed to, if they’re gay or lesbian, unless they’re willing to live a lie.
Don’t ask, don’t tell is a disgraceful policy, adopted by Bill Clinton in 1993. It’s long time to dump it.
But, even though the vast majority of Americans, the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supports its repeal – not one single Republican was willing to vote for repeal yesterday. By invoking the filibuster, Republicans were even able to block a vote on the issue.
Which proves two things.
First, the absolute intolerance of the Republican Party, which still treats gays and lesbians as second-class citizens.
Second, one more time, the blatant abuse of the filibuster by Senate Republicans.
For homophobic Republicans, this is only a temporary victory. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will be repealed. Sooner, rather than later.
But that’s not enough. At the start of the new Congress, Senate Democrats must also act to fix or end the filibuster. It should never be used to block an up or down vote on any issue.
That’s my parting shot for today.