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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Don’t Matter No More

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell may well have been a good idea at the time. It was a step beyond “Find Out, Beat Up, Throw Out.” Thank you Bill Clinton for that improvement.

A lot of people don’t realize that DADT was not a Clinton Administration Policy but rather, eventually, a law passed by Congress. As long as a person I like is in the Oval Office, I might be happy with the arrangement that if the President does not like a law, he or she just eliminates it unilaterally. But, actually, that can’t happen without certain other things happening. Also, laws usually get implemented somehow through policy or regulation, which itself is complex.

To me, a litmus test of how well someone understood the democratic process in the US was whether or not they were screaming at Obama to eliminate DADT, the law, unilateralism. I mean, seriously, think about this. A black guy out jogging. Impeachable offense. Teabaggers in power. Connect the dots, people.

But all this is moot today. Don’t Ask Don’t Tall don’t matter no more.