Friday, May 1, 2009

Obama Not Asking or Telling?

One of President Obama’s many campaign promises was to repeal Bill Clinton’s ludicrous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on allowing gays to serve in the military. The administration even went so far as to list that promise on the White House’s website under their broader LGBT policy plans. But websites get updated. Things change. Promises are sometimes broken. After briefly removing the mention of repealing DADT from WhiteHouse.gov entirely, someone has reposted it with a slight but significant word change. Instead of “repealing” DADT, the official administration policy now seems to be “changing” DADT. What that means is anyone’s guess, but it can’t be good for those of us hoping Obama would give backward anti-civil rights policies a swift kick in the nads. Though the administration’s skittish non-support of gay marriage is sort of along the same lines. I like Obama. I voted for Obama. But it seems his actions so far have consistently been one step forward and two steps back. He doubles science funding, then doesn’t even mention NASA. He orders Guantanamo Bay closed, then he stands by illegal, warrantless wiretapping. Mr. President, I want to love you, but you’re making it hard. Baby, come back! More details here.

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