One more reason why The New York Times is the last real national newspaper in the US even though they pander way too much to the rich.
Today’s New York Times Editorial: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/14/opinion/14thu1.html?_r=1&hp
The Obama administration professes to oppose the odious and misguided policy of banning gay soldiers from serving openly in the military. So it was distressing to hear that the Justice Department plans to appeal a federal court order that the military immediately stop enforcing the law that is used to drum out gay service members once their sexual orientation becomes known.
We believe the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law was wrong from the day it was passed 17 years ago. But, in any case, circumstances have changed radically. As Judge Virginia Phillips pointed out when she ruled it unconstitutional, the original premises for the policy have been proved wrong, and there is no longer any good reason for continuing to ruin people’s lives by enforcing it.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the policy should not be lifted abruptly because there are unresolved questions like whether straight and gay soldiers should share barracks and whether the military should pay benefits to partners of gay service members.
He said he wanted to wait until a review of practices and policies was submitted on Dec. 1.
There is no need to wait. The answer to both questions is: Yes. It would be a disaster if the military replaced this misbegotten policy with official segregation and discrimination.
Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/14/opinion/14thu1.html?_r=1&hp
Our slogan mongering President is all talk and no action. “Hope and Change”. WTF then are we stuck with someone who cowers in fear of saying a harsh word about a Republican while his lackeys savage his left/progressive base that busted their butts to get him elected?
I’m starting to wonder if Obama isn’t really J.C. Watts, except J.C. Watts is probably more progressive. Is Obama a Democrat simply because the Republican Party is so racist that he wouldn’t have been able to climb the power structure as fast.
We have had an over-whelming majority in the Senate and have been stalled on almost every thing, yet Obama mostly shows us surrender.
He caved on ACORN, when ACORN along with groups like Move-On are the grass roots of the Democratic Party.
He has alienated LGBT/TQ folks, a constituency that votes something like 80-90% straight Democratic ticket. Has done nothing to advance the Employee Free Choice Act and yet acts bewildered when Labor waffles on supporting him.
Enough with the Joe Cool, I too can be part of the wealthy corporate establishment act. We elected Obama to take the country back from the fascists and neo-Nazis that destroyed in in the name of a failed ideological combination of conservatism and the Market Economy.
I’m tired of the excuses. I’m tired of Obama’s failure to stand for basic Democratic Party principles.
People don’t vote because too often it seems we have one party running everything, the Corporate Party that represents the interests of the rich. It has two wings the bigot and Nazi wing and the socially more moderate wing.
Left/liberal/progressive people have a small portion of the moderate party that sort of fight for us. and the DLC/DNC waffles on supporting them.