Monday, June 8, 2009

Supreme Court Backs Obama Betrayal on DADT

When he was but a simple presidential candidate with a funny-sounding name, Barack Obama promised to work toward repealing the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" policy of sexual discrimination in the military. I guess he thought he had no chance of winning (funny name and all), because that was obviously a promise Obama isn't interested in keeping. Not only has his administration sat back and propped its feet on the desk while invaluable military personnel are discharged for liking people with similar genitals, they've even supported a ridiculous federal appeals court decision to toss out a DADT challenge on the grounds that the unconstitutional policy is "rationally related to the government's legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion." This despite any evidence of the sort. Also despite the fact that no matter how it effects "cohesion", discrimination like this runs counter to the basic principles of a free society. The suit in question was brought by former Army captain James Pietrangelo, a six-year veteran of the first Gulf War. Now, the Supreme Court has also refused to hear the case, and the Obama administration is once again not voicing any concern whatsoever. In other words, it's disgusting behavior from a president who ran on principles he's apparently abandoned. Though I have to say Pietrangelo's camparison of DADT to Nazi discrimination against Jews is a bit over the top. Until we're throwing gay people into concentration camps, it's probably best not to whip out the Hitler card. Still, I know President Obama reads this blog, so I'll address this closing comment directly to him: Stop being such a douche, guy. More details here.