Barack Obama may say that he wants to lower unemployment, but his actions say something different. In the middle of a terrible economy, with long term unemployment now higher than it’s been since the Great Depression, President Obama today sought the power to put government employees out of work – and to do so for no other reason than that they are not heterosexual.
Barack Obama loves to say that he’s going to do wonderful things. Just yesterday, for example, Obama said that he would oppose the policy of military discrimination called Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Obama made his statement in the context of the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell discrimination is unconstitutional and therefore cannot legally continue.
Barack Obama’s actions today contradicted his words from yesterday. This afternoon, President Obama demanded the right to resume the firings of gays and lesbians from the military. Despite pleas from a large number of United States senators that he stop the discrimination of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell by allowing the decision by Judge Phillips to stand, President Obama ordered the Department of Justice to continue to pursue the power to fire gays and lesbians for nothing more than their private consensual sexual activity.
Obama is eager, it seems, to fire soldiers who have excellent records of work in the military. Obama is insisting that he be allowed to continue to fire them as soon as possible. Obama says he will not even wait until Tuesday to resume the firings of gays and lesbians. If Judge Phillips doesn’t rescind her order to the military to cease the enforcement of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell by Monday, Obama says, he will go to a higher court and demand the power to overrule Phillips and continue his plan of discrimination while his legal appeal against gays and lesbians is in process.
Obama could have easily ended the policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell today, simply by declaring that his Administration would not oppose the ruling of Judge Phillips. Obama didn’t want to anger anti-gay voters so close to the mid-term congressional elections, though. So, pandering to hatred against homosexual Americans, Obama is now on the record: He’s protecting policies that kick gays and lesbians out of work in the middle of this time of high unemployment.
Both economically and ethically, Barack Obama is betraying the principles of equality and the rule of law under the Constitution that were central themes in his 2008 presidential campaign. Obama has lost the right to expect the political support of Americans who believed that “hope” and “change” were something more than mere marketing gimmicks tested by focus groups.