Obama DOJ to Judge: Keep Enforcing DADT

Friday, September 24, 2010

Say what you will about Barack Obama but one thing I think we can all agree on: he’s a coward and a hypocrite.

Late yesterday, Obama’s Justice Dept. asked a Federal judge Thursday to continue enforcing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” despite a ruling earlier this month by a Federal judge in California that struck down the policy as unconstitutional.

In a 14-page filing, Justice Department attorneys argued that a permanent injunction against enforcing the law, supported by Log Cabin Republicans, which successfully challenged DADT in court and has argued for a halt to all discharges of gay service members, would be “untenable.”

The government brief can be read HERE.

DADT repeal attorneys representing Log Cabin Republicans immediately slammed the Justice Department’s filing. Dan Woods, lead attorney for the Republican group, called the arguments “ridiculous” and said his team would file a response as soon as Friday.

Anticipating a backlash, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a typical mumbo-jumbo statement on Thursday saying the Justice Dept. filing “in no way diminishes the President’s firm commitment to achieve a legislative repeal of DADT, indeed, it clearly shows why Congress must act to end this misguided policy.”

Servicemembers United executive director Alex Nicholson said the Obama administration “had a choice to take several different routes [with the injunction], from the moderate and reasonable to the extremely ridiculous. It appears that they decided to go with the latter end of the spectrum.”

Nicholson said the DOJ’s filing further erodes faith in the administration for many gays and lesbians seeking substantive change.

Nearly a hundred members of Congress have asked the president to stop enforcing DADT, and while the executive branch cannot reverse the military ban, it does have the ability to issue an executive order to the military to stop enforcing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” All Mr. Obama needs to do is sign an executive order.

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29 Responses to Obama DOJ to Judge: Keep Enforcing DADT

  1. Walk on Socks says:

    President Obama could issue an executive order not to enforce DADT but this would require two things:

    1. leadership
    2. a commitment to the LGBT community

    The reality is, President Obama lacks the leadership to sign such an executive order and the commitment to our community to deliver on what he promised during the campaign.

    I think we can all agree now that we were duped and I can’t wait to see him voted out of office in 2 years.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    Here’s something guaranteed to make your head explode. FOX’s Bill O’Reilly said Obama has the power to stop ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ by signing an executive order. He said the ban is “nonsense.” So, Bill O’Reilly is now to the left of President Obama on DADT. The president isn’t a centrist Democrat: he’s a rightwing conservative.

  3. Steel Toq says:

    I’ll tell you what’s “untenable.” A Democratic party who keeps putting scalawags like Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, and once elected, having to live with the disappointment and the knowledge we’ve been thrown under the bus again like so much garbage.

    I say, fuck Obama. We need to begin to focus on the 2012 race and finding a real liberal Democrat to elect to be president. It’s not too soon.

    Obama has disappointed me once to often for me to ever consider reelecting him.

  4. MichaelTAtheist says:

    Well I’ve certainly learned one thing over the last 2 years…….. DON’T EVER VOTE FOR THE ‘HOUSE NEGRO’ Pussy, ever again. What a HUGE dis-appointment OBUSHA Has been. I hope you’re proud of yourself OBUSHA… because of you the ultra-right will take over this country in November. You’re such a weakling piece of crap! I’m sorry I helped get you elected!

  5. MichaelTAtheist says:

    And a few words for our ‘Dumbocratic’ controlled Congress, who continue to send me requests for money every day. But can’t seem to ever get anything worthwhile accomplised. FUCK YOU!!!!!! You bunch of Ball-less pussies. I will change my party affilitation after the next election.

  6. MichaelTAtheist says:

    When we elected ‘Barry Obusha’ we expected him to be another Nelson Mandela…. a great leader! Instead we got Dave Chappell, a comedian/JOKER!

  7. Rachel says:

    It’s reached the point where anytime I see or I hear President Obama on TV, I grab the remote and change the channel. I experience this sort of visceral reaction to George W. Bush too. I can’t quite describe the level of disappoint I feel for the president. After two years, I’m left to conclude he’s just not ready for primetime.

  8. Jolly Roger says:

    Barack is a symptom, not the problem. Don’t forget that he hails from a Senate full of “democrats” like “Stepnfetchit” Reid, Pryor, DINO Feinstein, Ben(edict) Nelson, Blecch Lincoln, and their ilk. He had the voting record to prove he was in alignment with them.

    They have to go. All the “Blue Dick” dems have to go. They’ve turned the Democratic Party into something Saint Ronnie would like.

  9. rockync says:

    I am also hugely disappointed by this ruling as well as by the wishy washy actions of this administration and congress.
    We ask men and women to put their lives on the line, uphold an oath of honor but we can’t trust them to behave like adults and figure out their own way to deal with each others’ sexual orientation.
    In reality, if this is out in the open, there probably will be nothing to deal with. A few people will have a problem with serving with homosexuals. A few will have a problem serving with heterosexuals.
    The stupidity will be in the fact that they have been serving with each other for generations.
    Out in the open with nothing to hide, perhaps a few will learn that we all have more in common than they thought.

  10. Nigel Karsten says:

    As an arm chair observer of American politics, I am eagerly looking forward to see how President Obama plans to run for re-election without the backing of his 2008 coalition?

    The 2012 race promises to be good fun and quite engaging.

  11. Matteo says:

    Another important case involving the injustices of DADT will be decided today.

    Judge to rule Friday on Witt’s return to Air Force


    U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said he would issue a ruling Friday in the closely watched case of former Maj. Margaret Witt. As her trial closed, he expressed strong doubts about government arguments seeking to have her dismissal upheld.

  12. MichaelTAtheist says:

    Hey, Barry………. what if Lincoln had been a PUSSY like you and just told the DOJ to keep enforcing Slavery????? OBUSHA, you make me want to PUKE!

  13. Peace Nick says:

    So Obama is taking his ‘duty to defend’ this anti-gay and unconstitutional policy as far as he possibly can.

    Right up to the November midterms and likely, all the way up to October, 2012, when there is as little risk as possible. Duly noted, Barry.

  14. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Under Stop Loss, Obama could sign an executive order to the four branches of the military and the Pentagon to not enforce “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

    The law would still be on the books but the action would put more pressure on the Congress to get busy and pass legislation as a stand-alone bill repealing it.

    I am now more convinced than ever before that Obama lacks the necessary cajones to do it. He would prefer to side with Sens. John McCain, James Inhofe and John Cornyn. I guess this lets Little Barry feel like a ‘he-man’ for the first time in his life. 🙂

  15. R.J. says:

    I’ll go as far as say President Obusha hates teh gay. How else can we explain his half-hearted support?

  16. retahyajyajav says:

    In the 5 years I’ve been on the internet, I’ve never seen the level of anger directed at a president that I see aimed at Obama. Not even George Bush was so pilloried.

    But Obama only has himself to blame. It’s as if he’s goading the Democratic base, sticking a branch in our collective eyes to see how far he can push us before we bite him. Well, I refuse to let him get me riled up. In response, I plan on donating to whatever candidate opposes him in 2012 and help send him packing.

  17. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    I was talking to my father a few months ago about DADT and I told him how wrong I thought the ban is, and to my surprise, he agreed. My 68 year old father said there were always gay people serving. He knew a few back in his Navy days.

    He also said President Truman issued an executive order on integrating the military that dropped all barriers to service based on race. He said he always respected Truman for this action because it was so controversial, but the just thing to do.

    President Obama and the Democrats, who are about to lose their majorities, have taken my vote for granted the last time. Enough is enough.

  18. Harry says:

    Abbey – Your father sounds amazing. Major props!

  19. DMason says:

    The DADT repeal is a lost cause. I didn’t expect any leadership from the White House Tuesday and sadly, I was correct. Obama’s a wuss and a one termer. But I am curious what happened to Nancy Pelosi and her promise ENDA would be enacted this year? Did she fall off the fence or chicken out on trying to get it done?

  20. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    David — Pelosi has repeatedly been targeted by both activists and protesters over her failure to pass ENDA.

    My guess is, she’s much more interested in holding on to her seat in the House than doing anything to help the LGBT community. Her tenure as Speaker is spotty at best and leaves much to be desired. Frankly, I have never understood why she’s so popular back home in San Francisco.

  21. Shayne K. says:

    Won’t it be something if the GOP defeats Obama in 2012 and successfully repeals DADT? I wouldn’t be the least surprised if this is how it plays out. Then, when the final chapter of the terrible era in gay inequality is written, Obama will forever be on the wrong side of history.

  22. Mets Fan says:

    The Advocate reported today the sad details of the Democratic fundraiser Wednesday in Manhattan.

    They said, President Obama, who once drew unprecedented crowds filled with thousands of believers on fire to see him, pushed tickets at a price of $50-$100 to fill a room of 650 in what Gail Sheehy described as “Obama’s Fire Sale.”

    “It’s Filene’s,” enthused one guest, wrote Sheehy, later noting that Dems still fell about 200 people short of capacity.

    Ouch! Yep, I think the thrill is gone. Democrats had better get off their asses and stop gossiping about Sarah Palin and John Boehner and find a man or woman to put at the top of the 2012 ticket.

  23. Estacada says:

    Mets Fan,

    Candidate Obama visited Portland, OR in 2008 and drew a staggering 70,000 people to a downtown park.

    I think Gail Sheehy’s characterization of the New York City fundraising event as “Filene’s” represent a stinging rebuke for the president and an accurate assessment of Mr. Obama’s fortunes.

    Whatever political capital he had after the election is gone now and like Rachel said in an earlier post, I too, don’t bother to stop and listen to him anymore when he’s on TV. He’s full of shit and I’m tired of feeling disappointed.

  24. Big Hank says:

    Obama who? Don’t recall anyone by that name. 😉

  25. Chad Lebanon says:

    I often wonder if Michelle gets as sick to her stomach as us whenever she’s forced to look at Barry? She’s a tough, Southside Chicago gal, and she doesn’t suffer fools easily.

    You can only imagine some of their exchanges.

  26. Randy Arroyo says:

    Boo-yaa! Another broken promise from chrome cock Barry. Well, at least he’s as predictable as gas after eating at Taco Bell.

  27. Adirondacky says:

    The O-bots blame the GOP senate and the GOP senate blames Obama. The fingerpointing is ridiculous on the DADT repeal and I have no confidence in Obama to get the damned policy repealed this year. If by some miracle, he gets it done, the bad blood and ill will will be so deep that I don’t think the president can come back from this. The base has been burned by Obama too often to worship him now.

  28. LM says:

    I’d like to think the crazed zealots who voted for Obama over the more qualified Dems will remember this lesson, but I’ve no doubt they’ll be as sure of themselves and their shiny bauble of a pick next time round.

  29. joe says:

    I didn’t vote for Obama. I knew he was full of crap.

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