Things happen for a reason and the fact that America seemed to loose faith in this president and his administration after two short years may have provided America with an opportunity to make corrections that would have otherwise took much longer to make. During this lame-duck session of congress, the public may just get just as much done as has already been accomplished.
“U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Congress should act quickly, before new members take their seats, to repeal the military’s ban on gays serving openly in the military.” “I would like to see the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” but I’m not sure what the prospects for that are,” Gates said Saturday, as he traveled to defense and diplomatic meetings in Australia.” “Unless the lame-duck Congress acts, the repeal effort is considered dead for now.” “The current, Democratic-controlled Congress has not acted to lift the ban, which President Barack Obama promised to eliminate.” “With Republicans taking control of the House in January, and with larger margins in the Senate, supporters of lifting the ban predict it will be much more difficult.” “Gates also urged the Senate to ratify a stalled arms control treaty with Russia before the end of the current legislative session in January.” “The defense chief said the huge midterm gains for Republicans will not set back Obama’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan.” ” Obama wants to begin pulling U.S. forces home next summer, so long as security conditions allow it.” “We’ve talked all along about the withdrawals in July being conditions-based, in terms of the numbers,” that would leave, Gates said. “I think that continues to be the position. It’ll be based more on that than on domestic politics.” (Gearan, Anne, 11/07/2010, Gates urges Congress to repeal gay ban now, Retrieved from email@example.com).
Contrary to popular belief, many of us who regularly follow politics know that there will be very little if any compromises made with the new congress in January. We know this because of those who bought their seats have made no bones about it. We know it because the Republican Minority Leader has stated it more than once and we know it because they practiced it before the midterm elections. As long as politicians can refuse to govern and get rewarded for it, why govern. At least those of us who wish this country to move forward will have what may be accomplished in the lame duck session, what has already been accomplished in the last two years and our dreams of what could have happened had we voted.