Sunday, March 29, 2009


So much for my being optimistic regarding the repeal of DADT relatively soon. And so much for "liberal" and "Gay friendly" President Obama:

Don't expect any change soon to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy about gays in the military.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said both he and President Barack Obama have "a lot on our plates right now." As Gates put it, "let's push that one down the road a little bit."

[See here.]

Equal rights doesn't seem to be on Obama's "plate" right now!
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genevieve said...

Basically, I believe much of the anti-DADT is within the military ranks of the officers. To say that Obama has a lot on his plate is an understatement.

Jerry Maneker said...

Hi Genevieve: Thanks for your comment. First of all, equal rights should be first and foremost on any President's plate, along with other major social/political/economic problems such as the state of the economy.

Second, I don't see why Obama can't do what President Truman did in 1947 when he mandated integration of the troops in the military. It seems to me that all Obama has to do as Commander-in- Chief of the military is to have the guts and integrity that Truman had and mandate equality within that institution.

It's unfortunate that many people who supported Obama are willing to overlook, forgive, or rationalize what is a slap in the face to LGBT people in the military and in the rest of society. Best wishes, Jerry.

genevieve said...

Never thought about what President Truman did. Yo make a valid point which I agree with wholeheartedly.

Jerry Maneker said...

Hi Genevieve: Truman had principle and guts! We have to remember that it was Obama who had Donny McClurkin and Mary Mary who espouse the "ex-gay" lie as part of his touring when he was campaigning for President. The Obamamaniacs gave him a pass on that. I never did, nor should anyone truly interested in equal rights.

I never felt that Obama believed in equal rights for LGBT people, despite a lot of his rhetoric. Besides, he even came out against same-sex marriage, so how could he be in favor of equal rights?

I felt that under his Administration, DADT would be repealed, but that little else would be accomplished regarding Gay rights. Now even the repeal of DADT is not a certainty in the foreseeable future. Best wishes, Jerry.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately folks It's not that easy. Congress enshrined DADT into federal law and only Congress can change it.


Jerry Maneker said...

Hi Anonymous: From what I've read, although it would be desirable to get Congress' approval, Obama has the power to rescind DADT without Congress' approval. I could be wrong, but as Commander-in-Chief, I think that he does unilaterally have that power, even if he has to work with Congress to get it rescinded. President Truman didn't need such approval, but the political requirements to get DADT rescinded might somewhat different, but perhaps not all that different.

See, for example: "In January, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs didn't give a time frame when he told reporters that President Obama planned to end the 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy." [Here.]

Also, "In January, President Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, was asked whether his boss would overturn "don't ask, don't tell.” Gibbs' reply -- videotaped for YouTube -- was unequivocal.

"You don't hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it's 'Yes,'" Gibbs said." [Here.]

Also, from a reactionary perspective: "Rumor has it that President-elect Obama will immediately rescind the military’s current “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy concerning homosexuals in serving in the military." [here.]

Frankly, I'm not sure what legalities and political machinations are required in this particular instance, but it seems that if Obama unilaterally rescinded DADT, this Congress would have little, if any, trouble approving that decision.

Best wishes, Jerry.