Count Me In! I support the "Don't Ask, Don't Give Campaign."
For months, bloggers have been warning the President and the Democratic Party that they were missing a historic opportunity to greatly advance the rights of the LGBT community. Any sound political mind knows that as we enter 2010 we will be given the message that we have a tough fight to hold Congress and need to "wait until after the elections."
How many times has the LGBT civil rights movement been told over and over and over again to wait until after the next set of elections? Do they really believe we are that dumb? That we don't realize that politics and elections change can change the political complexion of a nation overnight? We know that in the near future we will not see a time again when we will have sixty Democratic senators and a comfortable margin in the House. What makes our Democratic leaders think it will be better in 2011? Won't we be told then to wait until after President Obama is re-elected?
This craziness has to stop and it has to stop now. This is not about politics, it is about freedom and justice.
John Aravosis and Joe Sudbay of AmericaBlog have launched a campaign called "Don't Ask, Don't Give" to stop contributions to the Democratic National Committee, the re-election of President Obama and Organizing for America until issues of LGBT freedom are addressed. That includes the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the repeal of DOMA and the passage of ENDA. They have quickly been joined in this temporary boycott by Daily Kos, Andy Towle, Michael Goff, Dan Savage, Pam Spaulding, Robin Tyler, Paul Sousa, Bil Browning, Jane Hamsher and Michaelangelo Signorile. Count me in, too!
The time for empty promises is over. Let those in power know we are 'taking a break' until the passage of those three pieces of crucial legislation.
Can we count you in?