Harry Reid and John McCain Working Togther To Drop DADT Repeal, WSJ Predicts That The DADT Repeal Is All But Doomed

Word is trickling in that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is going to strip DADT from the Pentagon bill altogether.and is working with none other than DADT Repeal hater Sen. John McCain to do so. And also that Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and John McCain  the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, are in talks on stripping the proposed repeal and other controversial provisions from a broader defense bill, leaving the repeal with no legislative vehicle to carry it.

It’s said that Reid is moving forward with a bipartisan attempt to more swiftly pass a military budget bill — at the expense of openly gay troops. And that the two top Senate Armed Services Committee members, the WSJ reports, are working to keep DADT repeal out of the bill.

Harry Reid, fresh from a career-saving election victory, is seems is now celebrating by throwing gay troops under the bus. And working with one of the Senate’s most homophobic officials, a guy who Reid himself said of, in 2008, “I can’t stand John McCain.” And just two months ago, in debating immigration attachments to the defense bill, Reid addressed McCain publicly:

“Any American so courageous and patriotic that he or she wants to serve our country in the military should be able to do so. Senator McCain and anyone else who thinks the DREAM Act is not directly related to our national security should talk to the brave young men and women who want to defend our country but are turned away. Senator McCain should know better than anyone that patriots who step up to serve our grateful nation should be offered a path to citizenship, and that anyone who volunteers to serve should be welcomed regardless of their sexual orientation.”

This news is simply mind boggling.  Not only for the fact that Reid and the Dems are willing to kill DADT.  But that they are doing it for “Bipartisanship” and bending over to the Republicans especially since for the past two tears the republican party has been the definition of “obstructionist” and showed absolutely no bipartisanship at all .

While what the Democrats might be doing is reprehensible by throwing gay troops under the bus.  It is not only their fault.  MUCH of the fault needs to be laid at the feet of the HRC and the NGLTF for NOT doin g their jobs and not forcefully pushing the LGBT agenda these past two years.  I’ve said it before.  Mike Petrelis at the Petrelis Files has said it, and now John Aravosis at AMERICAblog Gay adds his take on it.

If HRC and Obama couldn’t even get one of their top three promises to our community (DADT, DOMA, ENDA) done with supermajorities in both houses of Congress, a president with a 70% approval rating, and a GOP opposition in utter ruin, then what good are they?

We do not have a friend in the White House, nor do we have an advocacy group in HRC. Neither has our community’s best interests at heart. And both are equally responsible for this utter debacle.

We should not forget that HRC and out other Gay Inc. orgs have s totally failed us and sold us out long before now and that THAT is where the real root of our problem lies.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. 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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