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Scott Brown announces full support for repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Abandons conservative base

POSTED: Dec 12, 2010

US Senator Scott Brown has announced on Friday, Dec. 3 that he now supports the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" - effectively forcing the integration of homosexuality into the United States military.

In a sleazy, dishonest lame-duck move, the Democrats in Congress are desperately trying to repeal the law in the waning days before the new Republican-laden Congress takes over on Jan. 1. A considerable number of left-wing pro-homosexual Democrats were defeated in the Nov. 2 elections, and Brown (and the others) know that the repeal has virtually no chance once the newly elected members of Congress get in.

The bill has already passed the House and is in the Senate. Although Brown has voted to delay the bill slightly, that is only for strategic purposes. He has said he will support the bill as soon as certain "horse-trading" takes place. A final vote could come any day.


Happier times. Scott Brown (center) is mobbed by supporters in Littleton the day before the election last January. How many of these people would still show up?  [MassResistance photo.]

During his campaign for US Senate, Brown had portrayed himself as a supporter of the current policy. In the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) voter guide Brown was listed as being "opposed" to the repeal.

Much more than just "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

The term "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" merely refers to an executive order by President Bill Clinton to circumvent the actual US law passed by Congress in 1993 which completely bans homosexuals from the military.

The 1993 law they are attempting to repeal (USC Section 654, Title 10) states:

"The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."

Furthermore, this repeal is part of a larger Defense Appropriations Bill. That bill also includes language to allow taxpayer funded abortions in US military bases around the world.

Thus Brown, who campaigned on being the "41st vote" against the Obama agenda, could end up being a deciding vote to pass this key Obama promise to the homosexual movement. (And the abortion movement.)

Earlier this year Brown abandoned the Republicans and was the deciding vote on Obama's massive financial reform bill. (Currently, Brown has voiced support for the Obama administration's invasive and unnecessary TSA airport nude scans and pat-downs which angers many conservatives.)

Conservative base stunned

Nevertheless, Brown's decision on "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), which he publicly announced last Friday, has stunned and angered his conservative base in Massachusetts. Pro-family and pro-life activists feel particularly betrayed. Back in 2004, it was pro-family and pro-life activists who converged from around the state and worked around the clock to help then-state rep Brown win the grueling special March 2 state senate election against Angus McQuilken by 51%-47%. And it was pro-family and pro-life activists who supported Brown early on in his US Senate race early on when he was 25 points behind Martha Coakley and nobody else would take him seriously. But those days are long gone.

Our conversation with Brown's Washington DC office

On Wednesday afternoon Brian Camenker of MassResistance spoke at length with Brandon Acheson, a staffer in Brown's Washington, DC office who has been explaining Brown's position on this issue to constituents since the announcement. It was very disappointing, to say the least. It appears that Brown has become just another disingenuous, disconnected Washington politician.

Here's some of what Brandon told us:

  • Brown's statement in the MFI voter guide. Brandon indicated he didn't know who MFI was and that Brown never authorized any statement about his position -- that it must have been a miscommunication. "Sen. Brown never made a firm commitment that he would vote against it," Brandon told us. However, MFI's president, Kris Mineau, told that Boston Herald, "When Sen. Brown ran for election, he said he would support the current policy of 'don't ask, don't tell.' In fact, MFI worked closely with Brown and hosted several events for him in this campaign. They even hold a birthday party for him each year (even though he's pro-choice).

    Interestingly, in that same article the Herald also reported that:  "Brown's spokeswoman, Gail Gitcho, said Brown changed his tune after President Obama ordered the Pentagon to review the policy. At that point, Brown said he would keep an open mind to its finding, which came out this week."
  • Sleazy lame-duck session. We asked Brandon why Brown doesn't support waiting a few weeks and letting the newly elected Congress decide this -- that using a lame-duck session was offensive to people. He avoided answering the question directly, but indicated that Brown had no problem with a lame-duck session passing controversial bills. But he's insisting that two things get passed first: (1) full extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, and (2) a bill to continue funding the federal budget. Both of those appear to be in the works as part of the horse-trading going on to get this bill passed.
  • Repealing the current law makes bold statement. Repealing the current law (see text above) makes the statement that homosexuality is compatible with US military service. Does Brown agree with that? Brandon wouldn't answer that. Instead, he said that Brown has been in the military for 31 years and is comfortable with his position. (Would he be comfortable showering next to someone sizing him up?  Well, we didn't ask that.)
  • 41st vote against Obama agenda? We reminded him that Brown ran as "number 41" and his base back home read that as their protection against the Obama agenda being pushed on them. But now Brown seems to be doing just the opposite. Brandon wouldn't comment on that, either. He seemed to indicate that Brown was not concerned about opposition from conservatives back home, or the concept that they were his "base" of support.

Needless to say, the entire conversation was depressing and angering.

What should YOU do right now?

Call now -- Sen. Brown needs to hear from you loud and clear.

Every politician needs to hear from the people, especially his base. He's certainly been hearing from the homosexual lobby (see below). He REALLY needs to hear from you.

Call Brown's Washington DC office at 202-224-4543. (It's more effective than calling his Boston office, which told us they are not knowledgeable on this issue -- although they do register the number of calls they get.)

You can also email him HERE

EVERYONE across the country should do this, since Sen. Brown got support (including millions of dollars in small donations) from across the country. Tell them that if Brown supports the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" you will actively campaign against him in 2012 (or whatever else you think is appropriate).

It only takes five minutes, but it's worth it.

Leave a message if you have to. In this short time frame it's the only thing that will get his attention. (And you can bet that the homosexual lobby is doing the same thing -- see our report HERE!)