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  •  Mainly because the President didn't want to (5+ / 0-)

    His efforts to kill repeal have been very well documented. SOTU was a great soundbite, but it was, sadly, a load of crap.

    July 13, 2009: In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, President Obama admits he could sign an executive order freezing investigations and discharges under DADT via the Executive power of "stop-loss" - and then admits he has chosen specifically not to do so, stating it is Congress's responsibility to change the law.

    Not merely content with shunting the responsibility to Congress, this President went out of his way to try to keep repeal from happening until after the midterms. Between refusing to lead, instructing his Pentagon on not completing that "study" until December, nominating people for DOD positions who were either opposed to repeal or who advocated for segregated units and barracks, and pressuring members of the House and Senate to not move forward on repeal efforts until 2011, it nearly didn't happen. Good thing Patrick Murphy, Susan Davis, Kirsten Gillibrand, and the "professional left" weren't willing to see that come to pass. If POTUS had had his way on this, legislative repeal efforts wouldn't have even begun until after the 2010 midterms. Which would have meant not happening at all with a GOP House, and people like my former partner would still be serving in silence and fear.

    Because we got a compromise "trigger" repeal legislation, any future President can reinstate DADT. Now, if the Obama DOJ would stop fighting the LCR suit, DADT can be declared unConstitutional once and for all, and never come back as a zombie policy. But he's instructed his DOJ to keep fighting that suit in court, for whatever purposes no one can figure out. As long as he's still fighting to keep DADT a Constitutional law, it can come back.

    That's "fierce advocacy" for you.

    When are you going to understand that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. - Practical Magic

    by Keori on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 04:14:24 AM PDT

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