Barack 0bama had a bad week. First, there was the egg he splattered all over his own face by reaching a "compromise" on with Republican members of Congress on retaining the Bush Tax Cuts. It was, actually, a very good deal for 0buma, and not just because retaining the lower tax rates would help the economy rebound and possibly save his Presidency. He also got the Rebublicans to agree to what amounted to a second stimulus package of deficit spending, something you'd have had to believe was impossible before last week.
Unfortunately for the President, the House members from his own party roundly rejected the deal as being a "cave-in" to "special interests" like all those "rich" people who happen to have worked hard enough to be making over $250,000 a year. You'd have thought that 0bama would have consulted with members of Congress from his own party before offering such a deal, but it's now apparent that that didn't happen. Of course, it could just be that they're angry about the President breaking yet another of his campaign promises, but whatever the reason, talk about an embarrassing lapse of political judgement!
And speaking of 0bama campaign promises, nothing has proved more embarrassing than his failure to end the "Don't ask - don't tell" policy that bars the Department of Defense from asking about or otherwise investigating suspected homosexuals serving in the military. This ban on homosexuals serving in the military - codified in Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which says, "(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense. (b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct" - has protected the morale of our armed forces for the 60 years since Congress enacted the UCMJ. Only Bill Clinton's Defense Directive 1304.26, issued in 1993, has changed this policy slightly to the current DADT.
Of course, for 0bama to rescind the directive wouldn't change the ban on sodomy; it would simply allow the military to begin asking and/or investigating homosexual acts and behavior again, as it used to. Any substantive change has to come from Congress in the form of a modification to the UCMJ either modifying or eliminating Article 125. Also this week, however, the Senate protected our great military men and women from such an abomination by declining to act on this issue. It was a great day, indeed.
Finally, to finish off this great week for the American people, the Senate also failed to invoke cloture, for lack of ability to get the required 60 votes, on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM Act. This means that Senate Republicans, who have vowed to filibuster this benighted law, which would provide backdoor amnesty for illegal aliens, into oblivion. This was another great development for law-abiding American citizens and legal aliens.
All in all, the Republican Party came together to create a week of outstanding developments for our great country (Barack, 0bama, not so much). Let's encourage them to keep up the good work.