Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Empty campaign promises are a normal occurrence. But Obama pushed the issue so fervently and he is proclaiming to be such an advocate, yet he washes his hands of any and all gay issues – there is where I find fault and have a problem.
Bringing this issue to the forefront is not too much to ask when you have him saying things like, “I think it is no secret that I am a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans…” (12-18-08) and “I will work for a full repeal of ‘Don’t ask, Don’t Tell’… that work should have been started long ago. It will start when I take office.” (11/19/08)
With him being such an ‘advocate’ and making such profound campaign promises, he should be expected to follow through. Obama mentioned D.A.D.T. on numerous occasions on the campaign trail and as President-Elect, suggesting it was one of his top priorities. The least he could do would be to stay any firings/discharges of those who are serving in our military that are gay. But, alas, nothing has been done. And given the track record of his laundry list of campaign promises, I doubt anything will be done anytime soon – if at all.
The question still remains; is this a top-priority issue? My answer is simple, no. But the reason it is important is because of his empty promises that are adding up as each day passes. Several of his ‘promises’ can be issued as executive orders. Or, at very least, be equally as fervent of an ‘advocate’ as he was on the campaign trail. If he is worried about public opinion and his approval ratings, then he needs to rethink himself. He won with the public knowing his stance on these issues, why flip-flop once in office?
I really am at a loss for words with him. Yes, I voted for him. Yes, he is better than a McCain Palin ticket. But, overall, was he a mistake?