We look bad in the eyes of the world

The year is 2010 and the United States military still cares whether a prospective soldier is gay. Pretty primitive thinking, no?

Efforts to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell provision have stalled in the Senate. There is plenty of blame to go around here. Senate Republicans are playing politics. All members of the GOP are coming down on the side of discrimination.

The president is to blame as well. Doing away with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and treating all equally is something  that the president can _ and should _ just order.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

10 Responses to We look bad in the eyes of the world

  1. Kevin Nedd says:

    Fred,

    The President is not to blame. As a result of a bill passed by Congress (10 U.S.C. 684), DADT is the law of the land. Like all laws, the President cannot “just order” an end to it. Our system requires the Executive Branch to enforce it until such time it is rescinded by Congress or declared unconstitutional by the Judicial Branch. As much as you and I both want to end this form of discrimination, it’s the way our government works.

    I suspect the GOP will pay a price for what it did today.

  2. Edward France says:

    Anybody who serves this country in any of our military outlets deserves respect. It does not matter if it is 2010,or 1776.
    Each and everyone of these people could be put in harms way for our benifit.
    Many of our elected officials have never served. Many of them have no clue on what it is to take orders, fall in line, and obay commands to maintain our freedoms. Thank God for the people who choose to serve us. Where would we be without them?

  3. P says:

    Unfortunately, “the President is not to blame,” has become Barack Obama’s middle name (at least according to Nedd).

    He isn’t to blame when his stimulus plan does nothing to create a real recovery. He’s not to blame when he can’t get the Congress to approve funds so he can close Gitmo. Ditto for eliminating DADT. And of course he won’t be to blame when ObamaCare’s real costs sends our deficit through the roof.

    The Republican super-minority is to blame for everything. How they are stopping a guy who won in a landslide, and whose coattails brought in a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate I don’t know, but they’re the Bad Guys. P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

    P.S. Remind us again who was in power when DADT was originally passed. Oh yeah, it was another Democrat president with a Democrat majority in both houses.

    P.P.S. I doubt the Republicans will pay any price, at least in this coming election. Two years from now, who knows, but certainly not Nedd.

  4. Kevin Nedd says:

    P,

    We are not talking about the stimulus (which every credible economist says prevented a depression), nor are we talking about GITMO, which you have never seen (I have), nor are we talking about HCR. We are talking about DADT, which was a mistake for Clinton to have signed in the first place. I said that at the time while serving as a reservist.

    If you can manage to stay on point for once, please tell me how Senate Republicans are not to blame in this specific instance when it was their votes that kept the bill from passing?

    The truth sucks doesn’t it?

  5. P says:

    The Truth is that Obama’s failed to deliver on all the items above (your protestations notwithstanding), and the Dems will be punished for it in about five weeks time. And for you and the Democratic Party, it will Suck.

  6. Kevin Nedd says:

    P,

    Your habit of claiming your opinion is the truth continues. I guess that’s why you can’t focus on the topic at hand.

  7. David X Johnson says:

    Fred,

    I side with Barry Goldwater on this issue; the government should stay out of the impossible task of legislating personal morality.

    Reid larded up the defense spending bill with a liberal wish-list in hopes that it would fail. The coup de grâce was to disallow any new amendments or debate by Republicans. A filibuster was inevitable. Out come the usual suspects spouting ad hominems about GOP homophobes and racists. Reid himself voted NO on the measure, which is proof that this is more about pandering to Liberals and Latinos in a desperate attempt to save his seat.

    The real outrage here is the degree that Reid will use election year politics to sabotage a defense spending bill. There is no level too low for Reid in his desperate attempt to stay in power. I suspect that Reid will pay a price for what he has done today. Let’s hope the citizens of Nevada take out the trash in November.

  8. Kevin Nedd says:

    David,

    Reid’s “NO” vote was a tactical procedure that allows the bill to be brought to the floor again at some point in the future. Maybe if you read a decent newspaper or watched something other than FOX News you would know this.

  9. David X Johnson says:

    So then your inane point about Senate procedure, Kevin, is your best argument that the Senate Majority Leader had no part whatsoever in larding up a defense bill with controversial things (like a sneaky amnesty for illegal aliens, global warming mandates, don’t ask don’t tell, and government funded abortions). Of course, the Majority Leader had no intention of deliberately scuttling the bill by cutting off further amendments and debate by Republicans. Somehow, this is good for the liberal Democratic constituency and national defense, rather than a desperate move by Harry Reid to save his seat.

    The problem isn’t the choice of news outlets, Kevin, but your limited debating repertoire; when faced with logic, you quickly accept defeat and devolve to the ad hominem. After that comes name calling, your military service, your education, the taxes you pay on your underwater McMansion and the pièce de résistance of your debating repertoire: “I’ll kick your a–“. Brilliant.

  10. Kevin Nedd says:

    David,

    The only purpose of my earlier reply was to point out the known fact of why Reid voted “NO”. Despite your gibberish, nothing’s change.

    With respect to my humble abode, according to Zillow, my current market value significantly exceeds what I owe. In addition, both my market and assessed values exceed yours by a significant amount.

    Envy and jealousy are very unbecoming.

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