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Obama Demands Power To Fire Gays and Lesbians Right Away

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.

8 comments to Obama Demands Power To Fire Gays and Lesbians Right Away

  • Rich

    There are a lot of ways to gin up sympathy for your cause other than fragging Pres. Obama. Besides, do you really, honestly think and believe deep down in your heart that Obama is sitting in his darkened oval office twirling his Snidely Whiplash mustache itching to fire gays & lesbians? Do you need another villain that badly?
    DADT is not HIS plan of discrimination. What you mistake as ‘allowing it to continue’ may in fact be the actions of a man of process. If Obama is anything, he is a man of process. He is letting the process run its course. Madding? yes, evil? no.
    And there are questions to be answered. Questions the justice dept. should be asking since they represent established law. Just as the Schwarzenegger administration had to legally put its name on the Pro-Prop 8 side of the appeal, Obama is legally bound to put his name on the side of the standing law. This has nothing to do with Pres. Obama personally.
    Attacking Obama does nothing except bloody Obama. Your misplaced hate and venom will accomplish nothing. Your time and energy would be better spent uplifting those service people who have fallen victim to this idiotic law. By showcasing their plight and the loss this nation suffers because of DADT will do far more in bring public sympathy around enough to sway congress to do what should have been done years ago. Attacking the one man who will sign the repeal is shortsighted. The next president may have an itchy veto finger regardless of how congress acts.

    • Jim

      Barack Obama is NOT legally bound to send lawyers to argue that unconstitutional laws are constitutional. Presidents send lawyers to argue all sorts of things about laws all the time. Barack Obama CHOSE to defend the law.

      How sad that some of you think it’s our job as citizens to clam up and applaud our leaders as they march off in the wrong direction. I mean, come on, listen to yourselves. You sound like Britney Spears.

    • Obama a man of process? Yes. He’s letting George W. Bush’s policies keep on processing, that’s for sure.

      We’re not bloodying Obama. We’re daring to criticize him when he does something wrong.

      Why are you so opposed, Rich, to people criticizing the President when he prolongs inequality and discrimination?

      Are we supposed to ignore this just because Obama’s a Democrat?

  • Dancer

    I completely agree with this eloquently expressed comment…very short sighted to continue to whine and attack someone who is sympathetic because it all isn’t going as you’d like…life is more complicated and government is for sure…

    • Dancer, what good is Obama talking as if he’s “sympathetic” doing anyone? Gays, lesbians and bisexuals are still being discriminated against, and Barack Obama is helping that discrimination stay in effect.

      It doesn’t matter how many speeches he gives saying that he’s going to do something… sometime… later… maybe after another election… What matters is what President Obama does, and so far, Obama has a record of breaking a huge number of promises.

  • Jack

    Obama is NOT legally bound to defend this law, as the original column points out. But he is defending it. He’s done nothing on DOMA, nothing on ENDA, nothing on DADT – except spout platitudes and generalities. He’s not only kept none of his major promises to the gay community after two years in office, he’s actively sided with their opponents. The courts’ recent rulings on DADT and DOMA would have allowed him to keep
    his promises even though he did absolutely nothing in either case – simply don’t appeal the rulings. But he did. Twice. He’s a liar and a hypocrite who’s done for the gay community exactly what George Bush would have done: nothing. Oh, but wait: “he’s a man of process.” Well, now I feel better. It’s difficult to see how he’ll “sign the repeal” before he’s kicked out of office in 2012 with a far more conservative congress than he’s dealing with now. Oh, but wait: “he’s sympathetic.” What solace. So to sum up: we have a president who’s a sympathetic man of process who promised tons to the gay community, hasn’t lifted a finger to fulfill those any of those promises, and has promptly and repeatedly sided with those who oppose those promises. Tell me again why gays should support Obama?

  • Steve

    Our “hope and change” has turned out to be a big ad campaign hoax. Just like “new and improved”. Example: We bailed out GM and GM is going to create a whole bunch of jobs……in Mexico. They have announced plans to build a 4 billion dollar factory in Mexico. And they are importing engines and tranmissions from China. Hope and Change…..for the Chinese.

  • HareTrinity

    I still think it would be worse if gays were FORCED to join the army, right?

    Still, obviously it’s very wrong and needs to be stopped. I hope Obama does, I still think he’s (at least potentially) the best president America’s had for a long time, I really want to see him make some major changes.

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