It seems that the long-standing law of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is going to be altered or altogether repealed in the coming years. The law, put in place in 1993, bans gays and lesbians from openly serving in any branch of the United States military.
In his inauguration speech, president Obama mentioned this law as one of the things he would take on as commander and chief. Like all laws of this nature, there is opposition. The opposition is generally those on the conservative side of the table who tend to view change as a negative thing. This isn’t anything new. What’s interesting is that it appears that Obama might actually be able to get this law repealed. If there was ever a time to get rid of this law, that time is now. With a democratic congress and a president with a bright and open mind, I really think we can get rid of this prejudice in the military.
It will surely be interesting to see what more opposition comes out of the woodwork when this deal really gets rolling. The most interesting individuals always raise their heads when times like these arise. We might even see another sort of “tea party” movement pop up to stand up for “the American people.”
Another interesting aspect concerning the removal of this law is that president Obama isn’t searching to totally demolish this law; he’s attempting to give congress a generous amount of time in order to conduct their own research on what sort of compromise can possibly be made. This sounds very different from the Obama that is often talked about in the right-wing press who tends to be a staunch socialist propagating a radical left-wing agenda. Obama has consistently sat down with the other side of the table and attempted to discuss and compromise on as many issues as possible, something many past presidents have failed to achieve.
Regardless of how much opposition this attempt at repeal recieves, there will be at least a couple of years before the American people see any changes. Congress still has to look into the whole situation before anything can really begin. We’ll just have to wait and see. Cheers.