Dec 082010
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

After people –– likely only politicians –– waited with bated breath to hear whether the Senate would finally vote to repeal the controversial law “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office said late Wednesday that he postponed the vote.

The move, it’s said, was made to allow more time to negotiate with Republicans, who are focused on the fate of the expiring Bush-era tax credits, according to an article on MSMBC.com.

Others have said they need more time to properly debate and amend the “don’t ask” legislation, the details of which are included in the Defense Department report.

In the end, it came down to three people. Only 57 senators voted to take up the bill when 60 were needed to overcome a filibuster led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., according MSNBC’s article.

To this, the correct response is: What the heck, Congress? Do you enjoy your lame duck tails?

For months, stories about the law, which prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, have graced the covers and websites of hundreds of papers nationwide. And constituents and politicians have screamed out that they want the legislation repealed immediately.

Now that Congress has shown that it’s a generally spineless entity, concerned with re-election more so than abolishing a law that illegally bans people from being openly gay, we think the big man needs to step in.

It’s time President Obama slaps down the executive agreement card, effectively beating the hands of dozens of pansy politicians.
And hey, it may be his chance to win the hearts of the liberals and independents he’s lost since the whole health care thing.

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