Republicans block Senate effort to en...

Republicans block Senate effort to end 'don't ask, don't tell'

There are 34 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 9, 2010, titled Republicans block Senate effort to end 'don't ask, don't tell'. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Republicans blocked a last-ditch effort in the Senate to lift the military's ban on openly gay troops on Thursday, dealing a major blow to gay rights groups and making it unlikely Congress could repeal "don't ask, don't tell" any time soon.

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Citizen Tom

Andover, MN

#1 Dec 9, 2010
I just heard that large numbers of members of congress are refusing to pass ANY legislation unless they get their way. How about they all give up their government salaries, benefits, travel, housing and meal allowances, terminate their staffs and go home.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#2 Dec 9, 2010
Republicans have not learned their lesson.

Focusing on social issues will only detract from their message on economic issues. They need to stay focused on a smaller government, and allowing the private sector to thrive.

If they continue to play the social issue card, they may as well kiss the 2012 White House and any Congressional majorities away right now.
ilk

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Dec 9, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Republicans have not learned their lesson.
Focusing on social issues will only detract from their message on economic issues. They need to stay focused on a smaller government, and allowing the private sector to thrive.
If they continue to play the social issue card, they may as well kiss the 2012 White House and any Congressional majorities away right now.
I agree. "It's the economy stupid" - even Clinton, their most successful politician knew that. The GOP needs to focus on shrinking govt., the Teaparty mandate - and keep social issues (religion, in particular) out of the mix.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#4 Dec 9, 2010
Republicans didn't block it in the Senate. the vote was 57 - 40.

Why did 3 DEMOCRATS refuse to vote on the matter ?!

Why are THEY afraid to take a stand on this issue one way or the other ?!

Don't their contents deserve to know ?

If those 3 DEMOCRATS, who decided voting on this issue was not worth their time, it would have passed !

And why has Obamaniac® NOT been out front on this issue pleading with Democratic Senators to support him on this issue ?

Doesn't his silence on this issue bother any of you Obamaniac® supporters ???

Where is our "FIERCE ADVOCATE" ?! He's M.I.A. apparently.

"CHANGE you can believe in !"

Can't ya just FEEL the "CHANGE" ?!

Wait. BREAKING NEWS ! He couldn't push for DAT repeal because he was pushing FOR REPUBLICAN TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH !

NOW I understand !

:)
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#5 Dec 9, 2010
HAIL Obamaniac®! "FIERCE DEFENDER" of the RIGHTS of gay Americans !

Slayer of the rich !

:)

RUN, OBAMMY, RUN !

:)

"CHANGE you can believe in !:)"
Jeo

York, PA

#6 Dec 9, 2010
Repeal DADT and out this scum. Military men will remove this cancer in thier own way!

Since: Dec 08

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Dec 9, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Republicans have not learned their lesson.
Focusing on social issues will only detract from their message on economic issues. They need to stay focused on a smaller government, and allowing the private sector to thrive.
If they continue to play the social issue card, they may as well kiss the 2012 White House and any Congressional majorities away right now.
I suggest re-reading the article. Its the democrates who are trying to change the policy "don't ask, don't tell".
Felons for Franken

Kennewick, WA

#9 Dec 9, 2010
Camo pink
Bill in Saint Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Dec 9, 2010
All across the country Rebublicans seem to exude a meaness and coldness, and are devoid of any empathy.
A civil rights issue shouldn't be a partisan issue, but the Dark side Conservatives will deny these rights to Gays in order to march in lockstep.
Ironically there are some Republicans that favor repeal, but they don't have the guts to step out of line. Yup...deny someone their civil rights and Mitch McConnell will pat you on the head and say..."good boy"

“Angry Antlers ”

Since: Sep 08

Miami

#12 Dec 9, 2010
ilk wrote:
<quoted text>I agree. "It's the economy stupid" - even Clinton, their most successful politician knew that. The GOP needs to focus on shrinking govt., the Teaparty mandate - and keep social issues (religion, in particular) out of the mix.
LOL!!!

And holding out for raising the deficit by 900 BILLION bucks is just the way to do it!

The Fascist Reich is out for the billionaires who own the corporataions that control the government, period.

We haven't had truly representative government in decades, and it's only getting worse.

Too much money concentrated in too few hands.

Time to break up the monopolies (again), nationalize the banks, force lending to small mom & pop businesses, not Walmart corporate welfare handouts, and strike down the bubbleheaded bullshit from the Fleaparty Fascists.

“Angry Antlers ”

Since: Sep 08

Miami

#13 Dec 9, 2010
What I find amazing is that John McShame, the loser right wing fascist from Scarizona stated publicly that when the joint chiefs of staff and the military brass agreed that DADT should be repealed, he would support it.

Well, they all agree, and now he suddenly doesn't support it.

He's just another smarmy, lying fraud fright wing fascist who needs to be asked to leave office in shame.
Obstructionists

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Dec 9, 2010
The party of NO strikes again.
Bill in Saint Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Dec 9, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Republicans have not learned their lesson.
Focusing on social issues will only detract from their message on economic issues. They need to stay focused on a smaller government, and allowing the private sector to thrive.
If they continue to play the social issue card, they may as well kiss the 2012 White House and any Congressional majorities away right now.
We're talking about basic rights here. We should not discriminate against any segment of our society.

Conservatives want smaller Govt., but are still sticking their collective noses into other peoples lives.

Since: Dec 10

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#16 Dec 9, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Republicans have not learned their lesson.
Focusing on social issues will only detract from their message on economic issues. They need to stay focused on a smaller government, and allowing the private sector to thrive.
If they continue to play the social issue card, they may as well kiss the 2012 White House and any Congressional majorities away right now.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it was the other party focusing on this issue and they were forced to block it for the best interest of the military, the country and gays whether they think so or not.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#17 Dec 9, 2010
Caribou Barbie wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL!!!
And holding out for raising the deficit by 900 BILLION bucks is just the way to do it!
The Fascist Reich is out for the billionaires who own the corporataions that control the government, period.
We haven't had truly representative government in decades, and it's only getting worse.
Too much money concentrated in too few hands.
Time to break up the monopolies (again), nationalize the banks, force lending to small mom & pop businesses, not Walmart corporate welfare handouts, and strike down the bubbleheaded **** from the Fleaparty Fascists.
Please enlighten me by explaining your claims.
Dan

Clearwater Beach, FL

#19 Dec 9, 2010
Bill in Saint Paul wrote:
All across the country Rebublicans seem to exude a meaness and coldness, and are devoid of any empathy.
A civil rights issue shouldn't be a partisan issue, but the Dark side Conservatives will deny these rights to Gays in order to march in lockstep.
Ironically there are some Republicans that favor repeal, but they don't have the guts to step out of line. Yup...deny someone their civil rights and Mitch McConnell will pat you on the head and say..."good boy"
The Dems sat on this for 2 years, Obama says and does nothing to advance it, then they wait until the 11th hour after the midterms, and all you can do is blame the Republicans? The one who didn't claim support for it in the first place, as the Dems did during the campaign?

OK. I enjoy reading rationalizations. That's one of the better ones.
Dan

Clearwater Beach, FL

#20 Dec 9, 2010
Caribou Barbie wrote:
What I find amazing is that John McShame, the loser right wing fascist from Scarizona stated publicly that when the joint chiefs of staff and the military brass agreed that DADT should be repealed, he would support it.
Well, they all agree, and now he suddenly doesn't support it.
He's just another smarmy, lying fraud fright wing fascist who needs to be asked to leave office in shame.
I guess Obama can leave with him, since he's the one who claimed to support the issue when he ran for office.
Bill in Saint Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Dec 9, 2010
On one of the most shameful days in the modern history of the Senate, the Republican minority on Thursday prevented a vote to allow gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly in the military of the United States.

They chose to filibuster a vital defense bill because it also banned discrimination in the military ranks. And in an unrelated but no less callous move, they blocked consideration of help for tens of thousands of emergency workers and volunteers who became ill from the ground zero cleanup after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The senators who stood in the way of these measures must answer to the thousands of gay and lesbian soldiers who must live a lie in order to serve, or drop out. They must answer to the civilians who will not serve their country when some Americans are banned from doing so for an absurd reason, and to the military leaders who all but pleaded with them to end this unjust policy. They must answer to the workers who thought they were aiding their country by cleaning up ground zero.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#22 Dec 9, 2010
Klaatu barada nikto wrote:
<quoted text>
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it was the other party focusing on this issue and they were forced to block it for the best interest of the military, the country and gays whether they think so or not.
Excuse me while I pull my foot out of my mouth, please.

“Angry Antlers ”

Since: Sep 08

Miami

#23 Dec 9, 2010
Dan wrote:
<quoted text>
I guess Obama can leave with him, since he's the one who claimed to support the issue when he ran for office.
Obama always said he favored repealing DADT. Where have you been?

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