Is The Current DADT Hullabaloo Nothing More Than A Political Theatre?

I haven’t written anything the past week about the current DADT Repeal “extravaganza” this week because its been all over every other LGBT website and blog out there. But now I am going to weigh in and I have a bit of a different outlook on what’s going on.

First off I’d like to say that I think it’s great that something’s finally being done about DADT. But the way it’s being presented and the way they are going about it is making me think that it’s some sort of political strategy to make a really big show out of it to prove that the Democrats and Obama are acyually working hard as “fierce advocates” to get the LGBT Community back on the Democrat/Obama Express just in time for Congress Midterm Elections and that by making it such a huge issue will take our focus off other issues which have been postponed and fallen by the wayside. (Remember EDNA anyone?)

But let’s be real here shall we.  The repeal of DADT is a no brainer and probably the easiest issue on the LGBT Agenda to accomplish.  A vast majority of Americans want it repealed and thats a well documented fact.  Even Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Pennsylvania Democrat who’s crafting the House’s bill to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, says he at this time has 187 co-sponsors and “about two dozen other folks” who say they’ll vote for it if it comes up. That puts the bill’s Yes numbers at around 211, and 218 are needed assure passage.

So why suddenly all this shit about year long studies and theatrics? Well for one if they add the repeal Defense Authorization bill that probably won’t pass until the end of October. And Midterm Elections for the Legislature is in November. And we all know the Democrats are skating on very thin ice not only with the LGBT Community but progressives in general. By doing this The Democrats are hoping to lessen the blow of loss in Congress because lets face it there IS going to be a loss of seats. But by getting the repeal through in late October they can be like. “Hey Homos! Look what we’ve done for you! And boy was it hard, but we did it so vote for us!”

This truly is political theatre at it’s best.  And it serves them another purpose which is to hope that making of such a spectical about the DADT repeal will not only make it seem like they are going something thats very “hard” for us (which in reality isn’t.)  But it will take our focus off other issues like EDNA which has fallen off the radar and getting rid of DOMA which hasn’t even been whispered at yet.  Also taking  a slow track on something as easy as DADT sets a standard of slow pace for other issues.  (Look how long it ook to repeal DADT.  Now be patient while we work on EDNA which will take 5 years)

The question is will we fall for it? Are we going to bullshitted again by some slight iof hand and political posyuring

Will we be so blind as not to see that this is whats really happening?

I hope not. 



Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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