Friday, July 15, 2011
Well boys and girls, our “fiercest advocate”, President Obama, is at it again.
After the Ninth Circuit federal court told the government to stop enforcing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the Pentagon reportedly stopped discharging gay men and lesbians and started permitting openly gay soldiers to enlist, the Obama administration wasted no time filing an emergency motion with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pleading with the court to reconsider its order to vacate the stay.
The Log Cabin Republicans — who filed the original case, have the details:
“This latest maneuver by the President continues a pattern of doublespeak that all Americans should find troubling. All this does is further confuse the situation for our men and women in uniform,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, combat veteran and captain in the United States Army Reserve. “Let me be clear – the president is asking the court for the power to continue threatening servicemembers with investigation and discharge, and the right to turn away qualified Americans from military service for no reason other than their sexual orientation. Even if the administration never uses that power, it is still wrong, and the Ninth Circuit was clear that there is no justification for continuing the violation of servicemembers’ constitutional rights. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is an offense to American values that should have been gone long ago. It is shameful that a president who has taken credit for opposing the policy is taking extreme measures to keep it on life support.”
Got that? Despite the fact ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was repealed in 2010 and President Obama signed the repeal bill into law, his hapless administration is trying to defend it.
Can 2012 get here any sooner?