At the risk of inflaming the Rainbow Panther brigade, Brian Pierce should simmer down about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, (”DADT”) at least for a little while. Even the most strident gay rights advocate should be able to see that the progressive cause is facing more pressing national priorities right now, like health care reform and the global economic crisis. Taking up DADT right now would be a distraction that would cost the Obama Administration too much political capital.
Consider the set back DADT posed to the Clinton Administration, and how it compromised health care reform. I’m sure Rahmbo has. Despite an evolution on DADT in the public mind, moving the issue to the forefront will undermine Obama’s efforts to extend affordable health care to all Americans.
I submit that more gays are harmed by the lack of health insurance than by DADT. And more gays are harmed by the global financial crisis than DADT. These are broad American problems that are too important to allow distractions from any narrow activista interest group.
You can’t expect smart progressives to take up polarizing fights on issues effecting a small subset of Americans at the expense of possibly losing political wars of paramount national importance. Be patient.
Brian, it’s still early in the Obama presidency. Don’t get angry yet. There will be time to hold him accountable. Timing is everything. Imagine you’re a senior White House advisor. When would you tell him to take up the issue if your interest was serving the American people and President Obama instead of just the LGBT community? I’d like to see him take this issue up right after the 2010 election, preferably in a lame duck session.