08 June 2009

A fierce advocate does what?

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear a challenge to the discriminatory government policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."
In the original case, the government doesn't dispute that the policy is unfair. The government's argument is that it is free to promote an agenda that says, as a matter of course, the military simply prefers to offer homosexuals unequal protection under the law, and less due process than heterosexual servicemembers on the presumption that discrimination "promotes unit cohesion." 
The court doesn't require the government or military to present any evidence that the policy accomplishes that purpose, or any other useful purpose. The court simply assumes as factually true the government's position, and then explains that it's loathe to question any military policy. You lose again, faggots. Next.
President Obama directed his staff to ask SCOTUS not to review that case, and SCOTUS accommodated that request. 
Does this sound like the act of a self-described "fierce advocate" for gay rights, who as a candidate promised to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"? 
Yeah, I didn't think so either.
By refusing to grant cert, SCOTUS effectively says the ruling below was proper, and 12 more honorable servicemembers have their careers pointlessly ruined. 
There have been 240 DADT discharges since Obama was sworn in, or about 1 every day.
We are a better country than this. That’s not the judgment we need.  That won’t keep America safe.  We need a President who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past. I say enough!
to the politics of the past. The greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics with the same old players and expect a different result. At defining moments like this one, the change we need doesn't come from Washington — change comes to Washington. 
Heh, that last paragraph was pretty damn good, wasn't it? 
I stole it from Obama's nomination acceptance speech.

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