Although not in a position to directly affect a free-standing vote duting the Lame Duck session to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, Pat Toomey, the newly elected Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, has come out in support of repeal.
“As I’ve said previously, my highest priority is to have the policy that best enables our armed services to do their job. Our civilian and military leadership have now spoken and said we should repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. I would support a free-standing measure to do so.”
Toomey is generally considered a solid conservative and his statement today presages a shift in tactics by some conservative politicians who believe that repeal is inevitable. The reason for the shift in strategy is obvious: It is politically stupid to continue to openly oppose the repeal of DADT when the majority of the US population and the majority of those serving our country support the repeal of this law.
The John McCain crowd is fond of waving the flag when it comes to DADT, insisting that somehow our troops would be militarily compromised or put in harm’s way if forced to serve with openly homosexual personnel. The McCain cabal wraps their justifications of DADT around the silvery words of patriotic newspeak, attempting to cloak the moralistic maxims that are actually driving their opposition.
I have much respect for those folks who are upfront about their views on homosexuality and don’t pretend to oppose the repeal for any other silly made-up reason. But I have low tolerance for all those patriotic sycophants who privately march to the beat of Onward Christian Soldier while publicly shuffling to the tune of secular sophisms in their opposition to the repeal of DADT.
Whatever the outcome on this issue during the Lame Duck session, let’s stop pretending that we don’t know what lies at the heart of this pivotal debate.