Sunday, December 19, 2010
Congress Slays Don't Ask, Don't Tell
With the stroke of a pen by Barack Obama sometime tomorrow, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will be finished in a bi-partisan chorus of progress.
Eight Republicans crossed over the aisle to join with 57 Democrats to provide a 65-31 victory for DADT opponents. Senator Evan Bayh was presiding when the votes were counted, and he made the historic announcement.
As many celebrate this victory, please don't take it as a personal win. This is not a victory for liberals or a victory for President Obama. This was a win for America, the Constitution, and, most of all, our fighting men and women in uniform or those that want to join them in uniform.
John McCain still didn't get it yesterday. He said, on the floor of the Senate that there would be "high fiving" in the "liberal bastions" of society and that the Sunday morning talk shows would be filled with pundits talking about how great this was that "never served" in the military.
What's sad is that John McCain has served his country. He gave his blood, the full use of his arms, and years of his life to this country as he was a POW. John McCain, no doubt, served with gay people. How could someone who served in battle and who gave so much for his country deny that to others knowing, firsthand, the sacrifices he made?
It was McCain that kept moving the goalposts. At first, he said that he would support a DADT repeal when the military leaders told him it was appropriate. He did not.
He said he would support DADT's repeal when a military-commissioned study said it was appropriate. He did not.
In this victory for our soldiers, John McCain was exposed as a pure partisan hack. His convictions that he used to seem to hold to as a moderate "maverick" are long, long gone. Make no mistake, McCain has become what he used to rail against.
But, enough about him. Yesterday, a major barrier fell. After the bill is signed, 60 days will have to pass, but, while the rain continues, the storm has passed. Congress finally did its duty.
Good riddance to DADT.