Right now, I wish BHO had not self-identified as a "fierce advocate" for gay rights. There is not too much in his political past that reflects that. I thought it was a rather bold, almost pandering, statement when I heard it. Democratic Congressman John Lewis is a "fierce advocate." Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, on the issue of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," has become a "fierce advocate."
Congressman Alcee Hastings was on Rachel Maddow's show last night. I agreed with all of his points as to why "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" needs to go. He spoke like a "fierce advocate."
Hastings' points are irrefutable. This is becoming a national security issue; I've wondered if any of the fired service members have moved into the intelligence communities. For our sake, I hope so.
There are those who have pointed out to me that gay service members, in their experiences, simply told of their sexual orientation to get out of the service. I am sure that that is true for some. Yet, does that make it alright to lump those members in with those gays who want nothing more than to continue to serve? For those gay service members who really want to remain in the military (probably a much larger number than those who simply want out), I think that they deserve a fierce advocates like Congressman Hastings and Congressman Patrick Murphy.
Isn't it a shame that after BHO's call to Congress to take the necessary steps to begin the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" that there is no real support from the White House or Congressional Leadership? Is there really a long term strategy that the White House is devising in the quiet corners of the West Wing? Or are too many around BHO living like it's 1993?