Don't Ask Don't TellI would like someone – anyone! – to explain to me why bills have to be bundled with a whole lot of crap in congress. Why do these people feel the need to wrap a whole bunch of crap together with something that they think doesn’t smell, just to get their crap through. Do they think the one good thing in the bill will make all that other crap smell better? Why can’t the House and Senate unwrap those bill packages and wipe off all the crap that Representatives and Senators stick in there – you know, make the crap stand on its own to see if it gets signed into law?

Once again, the GLBT community gets hit under the belt with legislation. The promised repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) may now be vetoed by Obama because of other legislation tied to it. Here’s the deal. This repeal of DADT has been tied to a military spending bill (the aforementioned crap). It’s a whole lot of wasteful spending that Obama doesn’t want. Yet there are congressmen who want to see it go through, so they’ve bundled it together with DADT thinking Obama won’t veto the bill since he supports repealing the antigay law.

So why can’t these bundled bills be pulled apart? Why are they even allowed to make multi-part bills? It’s not like it saves time; quite the opposite! Perhaps legislation would work a little easier and faster if each part was brought up as its own law (simply written), presented to each house with a yea or nay, and moved on! Have we muddled our legislation so much that now nothing can move through? No wonder this country is so far behind the times, especially when you look at the human rights worldwide.

For instance, just look at the long list of countries that allow either same sex marriage or unions:

  • Same sex marriage is recognized in these countries: Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden.
  • Same sex unions are recognized in these countries: Andorra, Austria, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Luxembourg, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Switzerland, Wallis and Futuna, United Kingdom, Uruguay.

Have you noticed the United States is not listed there anywhere? And how long did it take them to pass a form of health care (lame as it is, but at least it’s a start)? Look worldwide at the countries that have either socialized medicine or universal healthcare and you’ll also be surprised. Forget the nazi propaganda that it doesn’t work. It does. What doesn’t work is the way we’ve been doing it by letting the insurance and pharma companies control everything. But I digress.

We’ve finally begun changing healthcare. Like I said, it’s not perfect, but it’s a start. Now let’s get moving on DADT (and then DOMA!), and then we’ll be able to join the list of countries that seem to recognize human rights.