It’s about time. This was a terrible policy from the outset and it is to Congress’s shame that they can’t seem to learn from history. There was a time in the U.S. military when certain races were excluded and the thought of integration was repellant for similar reasons given by the military today, that it would disrupt unit cohesion and moral. But the military survived integration (to its benefit) and you’d think they’d learn from that.
A lot of people are crediting Congress and patting them on the back for doing something which should have been done a very long time ago. I’m overjoyed to see this remarkable example of cowardice finally repealed, but I’m disappointed in Congress for doing so through what I think is another remarkable example of cowardice: it took a lame duck Congress to finally repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Lame duck congressmen and woman have no threat of voter retaliation since they’ve already been voted out of office. Courage would have been to repeal this long before the mid-term election.
It is yet another example of why I think term limits are needed. It’s the only way to force politicians to get things done and not worry about the next election.
Regardless of the method, though, I am glad to see Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed. Let’s just hope it stays that way.