Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Obama Heckled by the Left


"And yes, the hecklers were attacking the president from the left. 'Repeal "don't ask, don't tell"!' the protesters yelled, referring to the 1993 military policy that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving. Obama responded, 'We are going to do that; hey, hold on a second, hold on a second.'"

I like President Obama, though my enthusiasm for his administration has waned with each passing month. I think it's time that he holds on a second! He's had plenty of time to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" either through an executive order or by pressing Congress to work on legislation. How long are we holding on? Until the Democrats have less seats in Congress after the fall elections? I've said it before several times on this blog: GLBT Americans shouldn't have to wait any longer for equal rights in this country.

I guess part of the problem is the gay community as well. We align ourselves with organizations like The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) which seems to be more concerned with cocktail party fundraisers than actually getting people organized and to the streets or to the ballot box. Dan Choi chaining himself to the White House fence has done more to whip up my enthusiasm for the cause than any fundraising email I've received from the HRC.

That's just my opinions, what's yours?

1 comment:

Jason said...

The GLBT has long been a overlooked constituency of the Democratic Party simply because many in the party openly question where would gays go other than to the Democratic Party? The Republicans?

At first I was appalled that this group would heckle our own President, until it dawned on me that he has done nothing to address this issue. Saying you support the repeal of DADT, but sitting on the very pen that would do just that is shameful. Hell, Harry Truman ended segregation within the military with an Executive Order 20 years before Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act. Now that's chutzpah. The President needs to get to signing. Otherwise, heckle away you nutty gays--you have nothing to lose.