DREAM Dies, DADT Repeal Advances

The DREAM Act – actually, a nightmare of amnesty – has failed in its cloture vote:

Senate Republicans have blocked a bill to grant hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children a chance to gain legal status if they enroll in college or join the military.

Sponsors of what they call the Dream Act needed 60 Senate votes for it, but fell five short…

Which means, of course, that the MSM is lying as usual…if it were just GOPers voting against it would have been 58/42…as the vote was 55/41, it wasn’t a party-line vote. But, no matter…

Meanwhile, over at DADT Repeal-land, a different outcome:

In a landmark vote for gay rights, the Senate on Saturday voted to advance legislation that would overturn the military ban on openly gay troops known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

The 63-33 test vote all but guarantees the legislation will pass the Senate, possibly by day’s end, and reach the president’s desk before the new year…

So, it was Republicans who blocked the DREAM act, but it was the Senate which advanced the DADT repeal…though, of course, with only 33 voting against cloture, there must have been some Republicans voting in favor of cloture on DADT. We can’t win for losing it would seem.

Be that as it may, it is a delight that the DREAM Act failed, not even remotely worth our attention at the moment that DADT advances and our real concern now is that the Senate might end up ratifying the absurd START II treaty…a treaty made with a dying power which will do nothing worthwhile for us while hamstringing us in our efforts to deal with the growing nuclear threats to our nation.

UPDATE: Colorado Patriot (Nick) over at Gay Patriot reflects on the DADT repeal:

…I cannot express how grateful I am that this didn’t happen at the rap of a judge’s gavel. Nothing could have been more destructive than had our military been forced to make this change not because our commanders had been directed to do so by our elected civilian leaders, but by judicial fiat. Simply put, the judicial branch is not (despite this Administration’s obsession with trying our enemies in civilian courts) charged with, nor does it have the temperament for, taking on the responsibility of national security…

You can’t say fairer than that – regardless of what one wishes to say on the merits of homosexuals openly serving, it is right and proper that such a change only come about via the legislative process. Service in our military is not a right and thus it was absurd – from the get-go – to try and force this through the courts as a Constitutional issue. A person may be privileged to serve in the military if they meet certain, strict requirements – it is the ultimate privilege a patriot may obtain, and not all are able to fulfill this sublime duty.

I’ve long believed that the military can act effectively with openly gay members. Provided our soldiers are properly disciplined, whether or not a person is gay or straight is irrelevant. No service member should be having sex with another service member – gay or straight; that is where the poison comes in. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are the best of our nation – they come from all walks of life and only wish to do one thing: serve our nation. Provided they can serve with honor and courage, I’ve got no other questions to ask them.