[politics] Lady Gaga and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

I woke up one morning, and checked my Twitter feed, and Lady Gaga had implored us to watch a video she had made for the repealing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  So I said, why not?

Watch Lady Gaga's message to the SenateThis video confirmed what I already know, that despite her crazy stage performances and nonsense lyrics, she is an extremely intelligent and thoughtful person.  I know this sentiment is extremely cliched, but in my case, I rarely give praise, and I can sense it.  I applaud her for taking up gay activism, though this is one of the most popular causes, old men still run our government– it has been extremely hard to change the ridiculous limitation of rights extended to those of unconventional sexual orientation.  How are you any less capable if you are gay? Sure, some people may be uncomfortable with different orientations, but that’s your problem.  You have a right to be homophobic, but you don’t have a right to deny others their civil rights.

On Monday, Lady Gaga held a rally in Portland, Maine for the passage of a military authorization bill in the Senate that would effectively repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

That is noble of her, I suppose, but I’m not sure how much star power Lady Gaga can really put to work in the United States.  For her star power to work, the youth needs to go to the polls– if they don’t, the politicians will stay consistent to their older constituents, the ones who are against gay rights.  What do politicians care about a woman who makes questionable music videos? Lady Gaga would do much better in the long-run if she stuck with Get Out The Vote.

Lady Gaga needs to join Michelle Obama in the 2010 Election Fray, with fundraisers Alexi Giannoulias, Russ Feingold, Michael Bennet, Barbara Boxer, and Patty Murray.  The Democrats need to hold onto their slim majority in Congress, and who wouldn’t go to an event with both Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama?

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