Ask, Tell, Dream

Obviously a huge win for equality today in terms of military service. It’s good for national security, it’s a question of principle, and it’s the right thing to do. In broader terms, it also means that in the near future we’ll have openly gay war heros which will be important in terms of the larger quest for full social and political equality.

At the same time a frustrating, though not-unexpected, result for the DREAM Act.

The important thing to recall here is that DREAM Act supporters did what you normally ask political activists to do. They got the majority of the American people on their side. They get the majority of the House of Representatives on their side. They got the President on their side. And they got a majority of Senators on their side. For the vast majority of American history, that would have been good enough. And with luck, in the near future it will be good enough again.