Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Joe Lieberman taking on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was asked by the White House to take on the task of getting the ball rolling on ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) legislatively. Nobody expects the 17-year-old discriminatory policy to be ended overnight, but it's good to some movement on the subject. Lieberman has announced that he will introduce legislation to end DADT next week.

Lieberman, who left the Democratic party to run for re-election as an Independent, has drawn the ire of liberals by supporting John McCain in the '08 elections after being Al Gore's running mate in 2000. Some call it bi-partisanship, I call it political schizophrenia, but some think that Lieberman is the perfect guy for the job. We'll see how it all comes out in the wash.

Lieberman told the NY Daily News, "My own experience as a member of the Armed Services Committee, visiting our troops on bases here in this country and abroad, particularly in war zones, the most remarkable quality you'll find is unit cohesion. What matters is not the gender of the other person in your unit or the color or the religion or in this case the sexual orientation. It's whether that person is a good soldier you can depend on. And that's why I think it's going to work"... "I see this as an extension, the next step of the civil rights movement."

Read the full article here.

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