Saturday, September 25, 2010

Defending the indefensible

Rachel Slajda reports at TPM:

A federal judge ruled today that an Air Force major discharged in 2003 under Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be reinstated.

Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that former Maj. Margaret Witt was discharged unconstitutionally under the policy because the government hadn't shown that her firing benefited the military.

And the damned Obama Administration (yes, you read that correctly)?

The Obama administration is aggressively defending DADT when the Obama administration doesn't have to defend DADT. We've been saying making this point for over a year, since the DOMA brief debacle. See here, here and here. It's not just us. Senators and House members are asking Obama not to appeal. But, every indication we're getting is that DOJ will appeal. [emphasis mine]


When under attack for selecting Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, Obama made what has proven to be an egregiously false claim:

Obama, who often mentioned his support of gay rights in stump speeches, though not gay marriage, said today that he is a “fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans,” adding, “It’s something I’ve been consistent on.”

On Thursday sixty-nine House Dems signed a letter urging the White House NOT to appeal on behalf of DADT.

Based on the actions and inactions of the current administration I must conclude that President Obama is not much of an advocate at all and certainly not a fierce one. And though I will vote for him in 2012, he cannot expect me to campaign on his behalf or donate a cent. I am supporting progressives. I never believed he was a progressive, though I did and do believe he is turning the nation in more or less the right direction. Nonetheless, I have grave misgivings on his positions with regard to military tribunals, rule of law, indefinite detention, equal justice for LGBT citizens, state secrets, transparency issues in general, and acknowledgment of war crimes.

It is not an attack to hold elected officials accountable.

--the BB

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