I do not like what I am seeing develop in the Obama administration, and I am sad to know that there are some supporters of Hillary Clinton and John McCain who will be on the ready with the "I told you so" line.
BHO is waffling on gay rights issues, and I do not understand why. I am confident that he, more than any other POTUS before him, has had real normal contact with gay folks. Even the dreaded Rev. Wright seemed to be more favorable to the GLBT community that BHO is seeming to be currently.
It's the most like Bill Clinton that I have seen him be. I haven't given up on him yet, and we are still in the first year of BHO's administration. But it does seem that while we are in the midst of two wars, the dismissal of active duty military personnel over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is counterintuitive to a mission of success. And I need someone to tell me (I am thinking of my friends who are active duty) why an openly (and since we are talking the military, I doubt those folks would be that open) gay person in the military is worse than an actual criminal. I find it offensive that people with actual criminal records are given breaks, incentives if you will, to sign up, while law abiding gay personnel are "threats to unit cohesion."
I also want to know why the likes of someone like Meghan McCain can get it rather right on gay issues, while people within the current administration seem only to hedge and punt. And this is even in the face of public opinion polls that show that the majority of Americans support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," as well as the growing support for either same sex marriage or civil unions for gay couples.
History is on the side of the GLBT community, and people from my generation (Generation X) and those younger generations understand that (well, most of us). My guess is that there are folks within the BHO administration offering cowardly advice, and that is a real shame. The gay rights movement is indeed the latest iteration of the broader civil rights movement within American history. Civil rights does not belong to just the black community. It never has, and it never will. I hope that BHO will not fall into the trap of ignoring this particular civil rights movement. It would be his loss.