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"Ask, Now Tell?"

Recorded 12-19-10

1) 1:40 Ask, Now Tell? Mp3

 Ask? Now Tell?
[col. writ. 12/10/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal
The repeal of the Clinton-era relic, 'Don't Ask; Don't Tell' has marked the second time that President Barack Obama has passed a bill that Bill Clinton couldn't when he was president.
The first, of course, was the Health Care act; the 'Don't Ask - Don't Tell' policy repeal was the second.
In spite of the wars abroad and the sad state of the U.S. economy (not to mention the drubbing his party took in the mid-terms,), Obama has adroitly turned negatives into positives.
The repeal of DADT wasn't really on the radar until after the mid-term elections, perhaps because Democrats didn't want to face a wave of hit ads branding them as liberal activists for supporting repeal.  After the losses of November there was nothing else to lose.
But while one powerful Democratic constituency, gays and lesbians, pulled off an upset, the same couldn't be said for another constituency; Hispanics.
Although the nation's fastest growing minority, they didn't have the muscle of gays and lesbians, who let the administration know they were not happy.
Now, for want of 5 senatorial votes, the DREAM Act was lost.
It's quite unlikely that a Republican House will move such and immigration -friendly bill forward.
That said, Obama has proven himself and adept politician, able to move when seemingly stymied.
--(c) '10 maj



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