Skip to main content

View Diary: DADT Deal Met for "conditional future repeal" (244 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Harry Truman (6+ / 0-)

    just fyi, didn't issue an exective order for 4 years.

    Show me on the doll where Rahm touched you.

    by taylormattd on Tue May 25, 2010 at 10:38:15 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  That is True (11+ / 0-)

      ... but from 1945-1948, President Harry Truman faced the end of World War II, demobilization of millions of men in uniform, the onset of the Cold War, economic slowdown, the Berlin Airlift, and a host of other issues that were to shape the world we live in today.  Few presidents in history made more consequential decisions than did Truman.

      Not to minimize the headaches confronting President Barack Obama as he too has major issues to contend with but they are of a different nature.  And unlike Truman, Obama campaigned on more rights for the LBGT community in 2008.

      Here's what I wrote in one of my weekly diaries last year

      It was one of those moments in American history that not only provided hope for millions of minorities denied basic civil rights for generations but gave encouragement to all fair-minded and rational-thinking persons in this country.

      It is also important to remember the man who was responsible for this historic decision, considered to be the first major action of the modern civil rights movement. He was a most unlikely candidate to advance the cause of civil rights and attempt to exorcise the demons of racial segregation and remnants of this country's original sin. When he submitted his civil rights bill to the U.S. Congress, a southern newspaper referred to it as

      A dismaying document based on a pernicious fallacy. Here we have the making of a veritable Gestapo.

      Nothing in his Missouri upbringing and background suggested such a move.  Yet, even with powerful political forces aligned against him in his own Democratic Party, he did just that.  On July 26, 1948, with one stroke of his pen, President Harry S Truman signed Executive Order 9981 and desegregated the Armed Forces of the United States.  He believed that after well over a million African Americans had enlisted in the armed services in World War II to fight against the mother of all racist regimes in Europe, Adolf Hitler's Third Reich -- and with racially-motivated crimes on the rise in post-war years -- the moment had arrived for the country to live up to its professed ideals and for all Americans to be treated equally in the service of their country.

      TWiEC: BP's Brilliant PR Move, May 25th - A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

      by JekyllnHyde on Tue May 25, 2010 at 10:51:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Barack Obama (9+ / 0-)

      just fyi, campaigned on repeal. He promised it would be repealed by 2010. There are no assurances in this proposed compromise that the policy will ever be repealed.

      •  Assurance (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        emsprater, SRCestavani

        Stupak got his executive order even though he has no assurance he will get the order after his vote for healthcare reform. Obama seems to keep to his end of the bargain in terms of getting legislation through. So why not the gay soldiers?

        I don't think it's too much to wait until the report comes out to judge Obama.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (136)
  • Community (56)
  • Baltimore (45)
  • Bernie Sanders (36)
  • Civil Rights (35)
  • Culture (26)
  • Freddie Gray (21)
  • Racism (20)
  • Elections (20)
  • Law (20)
  • Education (20)
  • Hillary Clinton (19)
  • Labor (18)
  • Economy (18)
  • Rescued (17)
  • Politics (16)
  • Media (15)
  • 2016 (15)
  • Texas (15)
  • Barack Obama (13)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site