Monday, November 8, 2010
I receive a lot of email. One of the frequent questions I’m asked is why did I leave the Democratic party and become a registered Independent? Here’s a perfect example of the “why.”
The Wall Street Journal reports Democrats are ready to show their true colors on repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the lame duck session:
Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and John McCain of Arizona, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, are in talks on stripping the proposed repeal and other controversial provisions from a broader defense bill, leaving the repeal with no legislative vehicle to carry it. With a repeal attached, and amid Republican complaints over the terms of the debate, the defense bill had failed to win the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle in the Senate in September.
The Democrats including President Obama have had ample opportunity to ditch this blatantly homophobic and discriminatory policy. Mr. Obama even ran on a platform in 2008 pledging to repeal the ban. Yet, each time a Federal judge ruled DADT is unconstitutional, President Obama ran screaming to the DOJ to uphold the policy.
So here we are. The 2010 midterm elections are over and where are the Democrats when it comes to repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”? In the case of Sen. Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat is busy working to keep the ban alive and well.