Get It Done
John Aravosis writes:
AMERICAblog joins today with a coalition of gay and straight bloggers in asking our readers to contact the Human Rights Campaign on behalf of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
OUR MESSAGE TO HRC IS SIMPLE:
Publicly demand that President Obama take the lead in getting DADT repealed this year.
1) That means the President needs to state publicly that he wants Congress to repeal DADT this year; and
2) The President needs to take the lead in working with Congress to make sure the repeal happens.
If you're a member or donor to HRC, tell them, and ask to speak to Members Services:
HRC Front Desk: (202) 628-4160
TTY: (202) 216-1572
Toll-Free: (800) 777-4723
HRC Web site comment page.
General membership email at hrc: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some may say that there is little the President can do, or that this is up to Congress now. That is simply untrue. The President can send a powerful signal that he wants the repeal done this year. He can include the repeal of DADT in the Defense Budget he sends to Congress in the next few months. If the President is serious about keeping his promises to our community, now is his chance to prove it.
If it seems counterintuitive that the HRC, of all organizations, has to be convinced to do such a thing, be sure to read the rest of John's post. He's right. If they lose momentum now, it could be lost for years.
I would guess that over in Afghanistan right now, there's not one soldier who gives a damn if his fellow on the battlefield is gay. Just get on with it. When even Dick Cheney signs on, there's no earthly reason to delay.