Saturday, December 18, 2010

DADT Gone

After centuries of bigotry, excuse-making, and miscellaneous dawdling, the US Senate has finally voted to allow gay people to serve in the military without pretending not to be gay.

I am willing to concede that President Obama was right to insist that legislation, not presidential action, was an adequate means of overturning this injustice. Too late though it is, this is a positive step toward the ideal of equal opportunity under law, and I congratulate everyone who has struggled and sacrificed to bring it about.

Sadly, this stands to be among the last good things we see out of the Senate in a very long time.

2 comments:

OleDon said...

Since we humans are slow to act, hate change, and most are never really convinced that anything really needs to be changed. I would say you should be grateful that DADT happened when it did. The situations against blacks, women, and anything non-white male in the world still hasn't been completely resolved. History in the U.S. has damned those groups from the very beginning. While no one gave a rat's butt about gays and if you were one, for well over our first 100 years! So in perspective, as I said earlier, you should just be grateful DADT happened when it did. TC Don

Dale said...

OleDon, while I don't rate the repeal of DADT as some kind of landmark of human rights -- we're talking about gay people joining the world's most advanced death machine here -- I am glad it happened when it did. On the other hand, I would have been happier if it had happened sooner.

You're right --- people's proclivities and assorted mental ruts are what they are, they're more or less built in to the furniture of our nature, and they often feed and perpetuate injustices. This is what's wrong with them, and why they need to be interrogated and opposed, not simply assumed and sighed over.