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Harry Reid

Posted: September 24, 2010 8:50 a.m.
Updated: September 24, 2010 8:51 a.m.

This week’s refusal by the U. S. Senate to repeal the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which prohibits gays from openly serving in the military, was just one more example of the partisan bickering that has paralyzed the lawmaking process in this country. Republicans and Democrats couldn’t come to an agreement on procedure, and the loser was again the American people. Top military officials, including the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, favor rescinding the policy, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisted on attaching a number of other proposals that had nothing to do with the matter, and Republicans balked. You can blame both parties for once again refusing to compromise on anything, thus placing a roadblock on lawmaking.

Reid insisted on attaching an immigration measure, which Republicans said was a blatant ploy to attract Hispanic voters during an important election year. We’ll agree with the GOP on that one, and it only points out the horrendous leadership -- or lack of it -- that Reid has provided. So while Democrats will argue that Republicans blocked a measure to include equal rights for all, it was primarily Reid who caused the logjam. Even senators who believe that gays should be able to serve openly and honorably voted against the measure because of the political measures attached.

The important matter -- whether gays can serve without hiding their sexual orientation -- could come up later for vote. It should be passed. In the meantime, Harry Reid stands as the perfect example of why voters are mad as heck, and why they should kick people like him out of office.

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