Many liberals and gay military members are up in arms because of the possibility that this administration might appeal the recent decision from a federal judge demanding that Don’t Ask Don’t be halted and labeled it as unconstitutional and discriminatory. While some are applauding this judge’s decision others are spending a lot of time, bemoaning what they think this president should have done. I submit that many of us need to try and understand exactly what information is being used to come to the decisions that are being made by those we entrusted to look out for our best interest. “Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned of “enormous consequences” for troops if the court order is allowed to stand, saying the decision on repeal of the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” should be decided by Congress and not the courts.” (Burns, Robert, 10/14/2010, Associated Press, Pentagon in limbo on gays-military court order, Retrieved from email@example.com). When it comes to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t’ Tell, I suggest the following.
Representative Patrick Murphy attempted to educate many viewers of the Rachel Maddow Show regarding how best to attack this issue but it appears that people either forgot or was not listening. He explained that congress made the law and congress must be the one to repeal it. Still those who are personally involved remain unconvinced and say that the president could sign something similar to an executive order and stop the processing of discharges right now. What they may not wish to see is that congress is full of spineless people who appear to have America’s best interest at heart but this is only evident during an election. The other times they are filling their pockets with contributions or doing everything in their power to hold on to their seats. If the president signs this executive order, another president can easily resend that order and the gay and lesbian movement will be back to square one. By allowing this judge’s order to go unchallenged, congress would be satisfied and not move forward to erase this travesty of a law from the books for good. Congress would also take the same approach if he signs this order which, in the end, will not do anyone any justice at all. So my suggestion, exercise a little patience, gays and lesbian equality has never been so close to becoming a reality, do not allow your over exhuberance to be the enemy for the overall good.