It took long enough, but at long last, today, the Senate voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, thus allowing gays and lesbians to finally serve openly in the military. Within a few years, when we see that neither the world, nor the U.S. military will have come to an end in the aftermath of repeal, we will all wonder what all of the fuss was about.
As for the failure to invoke cloture on the DREAM Act, I stand by what I have written before: The immigration problem will continue to vex us until we finally realize that a pathway to citizenship has to be created for illegals in the country. We are not going to be able to ship illegals out, we shouldn’t want to try, and we won’t make them want to leave without creating deleterious economic conditions that will harm all Americans. I am willing to entertain amendments and changes to the DREAM Act, but the Act does represent a way to resolve a number of issues associated with the problem of illegal immigration. And chances are that at some point in time, something like the DREAM Act will be passed; the only question is how long we want to tolerate the current state of affairs when it comes to immigration policy.