Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Injunction of DADT & the Republicans who brought it about

I'm pleased that U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips — who ruled the discriminatory 'Don't Ask; Don't Tell' policy is a violation of soldier's constitutional rights — has now issued an injunction for the military to cease enforcing the policy. Of course, it remains to be seen how the military will handle this order, & whether the administration will appeal.

What I think needs to happen now is for the Congress to step up & repeal the law, however, Republican obstructionists have prevented this & the Democrats in the Senate have, overall, shown no spine in addressing this issue. The White House also hasn't made it much of a priority, though the Defense Department has. A Republican takeover of the Congress makes it all the more likely that nothing {legislatively speaking} is going to be done to repeal this policy which NEVER should have been instituted in the first damn place. Perhaps with the injunction this won't be necessary, but it seems an appeal is likely & so a higher court could overrule Judge Phillips.

I don't want to be too pessimistic about this, but I'm very skeptical that it's going to actually result in homosexuals being able to openly serve in the military with little to no fear of being discharged solely because of their sexual orientation. Legal though it is {bogus whining of "activist judges" be damned} I do not feel particularly secure with laws being effectively neutered via judicial technicalities. If I were in the military, I don't think I could really rest safely until this policy is fully repealed by the body which instituted it back in 1993.

On a side note. I thought it was interesting, and ironic, that this case in particular was brought to the court via the Log Cabin Republicans — a homosexual faction of the Republican party. Fascinating timing, too, considering that over the past few years and particularly the past few months more Republicans have been either coming out of the closet {former Bush campaign manager & RNC chair Ken Mehlman} or advocating for homosexual equality {former Bush admin. solicitor general Ted Olson; former Bush/McCain political adviser Mark McKinnon; former McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt}. It seems an almost concerted effort by some in the Republican party to address the concerns of the homosexual community. It's often seemed a little too convenient.

I believe Meghan McCain's support of gay rights issues is quite genuine, she is far too outspoken not to be, but others, like Mark McKinnon and Ken Mehlman {a traitor, as far as I'm concerned}, seem to me much more concerned about gaining the votes of those who have favored Democrats because Democrats have been more supportive of homosexual issues and certainly less inclined to use us as a political football and scapegoat.

I hate to sound too cynical, but these Log Cabin types confuse the hell out of me. I understand that they agree with some Republican party principles, even if I can't imagine why, but I cannot fathom how they can so easily put their own legal status, their civil rights, and their human dignity as such a low priority compared to political ideologies. I, for one, will not.

Regardless the credit being owed to a group of gay Republicans, the GOP has years of gay-bashing {some of which is still continuing, in earnest} to make up for. Oh, yeah, and those constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage in some 30 states. That travesty of justice, even once overturned by the Supreme Court, will forever remain a monument to just how blatantly intolerant {homophobic} the Republican party has historically been.