Hat tip to Mr. Schwartz!
Let Rick Warren say whatever he wants in the Inaugural invocation on Tuesday: President Obama will end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Hear it straight from Obama's spokesman Robert Gibbs on Change.gov (go to time 4:15):
Now don't start hyperventilating: the change won't happen at 12:01 p.m. on Tuesday. Obama's spokesmen clarified yesterday that fixing the economy is job #1. Obama also can't snap his fingers on this change; Congress will need to pass legislation.
I'm less inclined to wait. Allowing gays to serve openly is an issue of ending discrimination and ensuring justice. It is also a question of military readiness: "don't ask don't tell" has forced the military to discharge hundreds of soldiers with critical skills, like speaking Arabic.
Still, I suspect the same thinking that motivates me to tell Tom Brunner to put his guns away motivates the next President of the United States to focus on getting an economic recovery package (and maybe health care reform) through Congress before turning to other issues.
Change may not come as fast as we'd like (does it ever?), but it's coming. Keep the faith, kids!
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