Cheers greet repeal of 'don't ask' rule | The Columbus Dispatch

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President Barack Obama signed the repeal of the military's ban on gays serving openly in the nation's armed forces yesterday, fulfilling a campaign pledge and ushering in an uncertain new era - not just for the military but for the hot-button issue of gender and sexual politics.
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Get Real Congress.

This is not a priority. There are so many issues and problems to fix and this was not on the top of the list and far from the top.

The lame duck congress tried to push everything they could through, and guess what the voters will remember that. Good bye Sherrod Brown.
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I wonder if liberals remember it was clinton who initiated this rule?
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Now they are talking about benefits for their partners. Weren't they in the military before without benefits for their partners? Why now??
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What a great headline for a perfect journo story. Funny how the people who truly despise the military - the media and the left - are so celebratory about the decision.
This story is about gays, not the military. This is about indentity politics, not national security.
The cheers you hear are not coming from the troopers, who are against it. They are coming from the armchair politicians.
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This nation is in no kind of shape to be turning away capable and dedicated people who want to serve. Ending DADT is the right thing to do.
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As for the Lame Duck Congress being hyperactive: it is worth noting that several important issues were unresolved prior to the election in November largely because of The Party of Nope doing all that it could to obstruct, delay, and derail anything that would make incumbent Democrats look the least bit effective. Now, the Republicans want to act as though they are already in charge in Washington by virtue of the House change on November 2. They want respect for the results of THEIR election, but had no resect for what the voters said in the election of 2008. And sadly, people like "Priorities" fall for this subterfuge every time.
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NW Leo wrote:
As for the Lame Duck Congress being hyperactive: it is worth noting that several important issues were unresolved prior to the election in November largely because of The Party of Nope doing all that it could to obstruct, delay, and derail anything that would make incumbent Democrats look the least bit effective. Now, the Republicans want to act as though they are already in charge in Washington by virtue of the House change on November 2. They want respect for the results of THEIR election, but had no resect for what the voters said in the election of 2008. And sadly, people like "Priorities" fall for this subterfuge every time.
Funny, you left out one important thing Leo, the House and Senate didn't need one vote from the "Party of Nope" to resolve all of those "important issues". So why didn't they jam more things through before the election? Cause that may have hurt their chances to get re-elected. And now that they don't have to worry about re-election they are jamming the agenda through, seems they didn't learn their lesson. Try listening to the people who vote you into office.
The repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" will cause major problems among the rank and file.
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boo hoo wrote:
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Funny, you left out one important thing Leo, the House and Senate didn't need one vote from the "Party of Nope" to resolve all of those "important issues". So why didn't they jam more things through before the election? Cause that may have hurt their chances to get re-elected. And now that they don't have to worry about re-election they are jamming the agenda through, seems they didn't learn their lesson. Try listening to the people who vote you into office.
The repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" will cause major problems among the rank and file.
The rank and file have already been polled. They don't have an issue with the repeal of DADT.
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I really don't understand why people are so against the downturn of don't ask don't tell. They must be really insecure. Anyone that is willing to give their life for their country has the right to have their sexuality be open. Anyone that doesn't understand that either has; 1.)closeted feelings that they are trying to hide or 2.) are just too ignorant to understand those sacrifices.
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NW Leo wrote:
As for the Lame Duck Congress being hyperactive: it is worth noting that several important issues were unresolved prior to the election in November largely because of The Party of Nope doing all that it could to obstruct, delay, and derail anything that would make incumbent Democrats look the least bit effective. Now, the Republicans want to act as though they are already in charge in Washington by virtue of the House change on November 2. They want respect for the results of THEIR election, but had no resect for what the voters said in the election of 2008. And sadly, people like "Priorities" fall for this subterfuge every time.
Dems had a super majority for quite a while, repubs could do nothing to stop them. When repubs won control of the house in 1994, did dems roll over ? They wanted joint power, remember that, they lost but asked for shared power.
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Realitycheck wrote:
I wonder if liberals remember it was clinton who initiated this rule?
I wonder if right wingnuts remember it was a Republican controlled congress that passed the law?
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Why wasn't Barney Frank up holding Obama's hand. Barney is one of the biggest crooks in the government.

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I wonder if right wingnuts remember it was a Republican controlled congress that passed the law?
Ya mean the one that Clinton signed into law? Didn't he have veto powers then?
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Nothing like gay bashing conservatives to remind me why I have to be a democrat.
How do you know they're conservatives? I know many liberals that were against the repeal of DADT.
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The rank and file have already been polled. They don't have an issue with the repeal of DADT.
Yes, they were polled. 60% of Marine and Army combat units said it will negatively affect them.
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Ya mean the one that Clinton signed into law? Didn't he have veto powers then?
If you do a little research on DADT, you'll see that it was a compromise. Clinton wanted gays to be able to serve openly, but Congress wasn't having it. So he introduced a bill to bar superiors from asking service personnel about their sexual orientation--hence, don't ask don't tell.

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How do you know they're conservatives? I know many liberals that were against the repeal of DADT.
"How do you know they're conservatives?"

Because many of the people on here who are bashing the gays are also bashing liberals in the next breath.

Don't be disingenuous
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Priorities wrote:
Get Real Congress.
This is not a priority. There are so many issues and problems to fix and this was not on the top of the list and far from the top.
The lame duck congress tried to push everything they could through, and guess what the voters will remember that. Good bye Sherrod Brown.
The republicans let this pass now so they wouldn't have to deal with it later. They can go on with business in the next Congress and blame Pelosi and Obama.

Which just kind of proves that politicians will say anything to get elected.
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Nothing like gay bashing conservatives to remind me why I have to be a democrat.
Nothing like the DEMOCRAT who made up the stupid rule.

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