This was moving and I think Choi deserves credit for being persistent. But, there is a problem. This is being widely reported as “Reid Promises to Repeal DADT.” He never did. Not in his letters to Gates or the President or during this exchange with Choi.
This is important because Choi and GetEQUAL continue to suggest they are “holding politicians accountable” with their stunts. Reid, Pelosi and others have said repeatedly they “support” the real of DADT and DOMA and the passage of ENDA. In those numerous statements there is no “promise.”
Reid and Pelosi have a problem – there are not enough votes in the US Senate to pass anything LGBT-related. That is OUR fault, not theirs. We need to change enough minds to get enough votes in the Senate.
GetEQUAL’s attacks on our friends based on the misrepresentations that they have “promised” something, is counterproductive. Even the attacks on Obama are misplaced. He didn’t promise to repeal DADT, he “promised to work with Congress to repeal DADT.” That is an important distinction.
We can make progress and gain public support when we are HONEST – claiming all these “promises,” especially considering politicians know better than to actually promise anything, hurts us. The idea that we can hold somebody accountable for something they didn’t even say or promise is delusional. It is why these faux attempts to hold someone accountable by embarrassing them are hurting our movement. Pissing on our friends in an effort to “hold them accountable” for something they didn’t say is both childish and stupid.
In politics you get what you vote for – effort. Everybody knows “political promises” are not very reliable – it’s even worse when we simply make them up. Just because politicians are dishonest it doesn’t mean we need to be.