Thursday, August 12, 2010

Brody's Scribbles... DADT: Rachel Maddow Asks Why Not Hold Off Ruination Of Lives?

By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) AUG 12 | MSNBC's Rachel Maddow devoted time last night's show to an extensive look at  the DADT policy.  At one point Maddow remarked:
[A]s we take our time winding down this policy that everyone says will be ending, as we shamble toward justice, maybe - we as a country are meanwhile continuing to put the lives of these individuals through the meat grinder every day. Col. Fehrenbach has filed his lawsuit today because his legal team thinks his discharge orders are due at any minute. CPT Hopkins was discharged this week. Cadet-Sergeant Miller's being processed this week on the sole basis of the continued enforcement of this policy, this policy that everyone says is going to end when they get around to it, maybe early next year there's a process what's the rush.
Why are we still kicking people out now in the meantime, while we are waiting for the views of the Commander-in-Chief and the Defense Secretary and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the Staff to be implemented? If you are changing the policy soon, why not hold off the ruination of lives under the policy now, in the meantime? Why not do that? I'll tell you why. Because that would take some political capital, that would take some guts.
And liberals, according to this White House, ought to be drug tested if we're expecting to see that from this White House right now. Stop complaining, and be happy for what you have. LT Dan Choi and Col. Fehrenbach and CPT Hopkins and Cadet-Sergeant Miller, they're expendable, because doing what it would take to save them would be hard. So go ahead and watch their careers destroyed, but stop complaining about it...If Don't Ask Don't Tell is going to end, the President could stop enforcement of the policy ending that change. Why isn't he?
After she conducted interviews with recently discharged service members; West Point Cadet Katherine Miller who recently resigned from the Academy before commencing her senior year, USAF Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, who filed motions yesterday in U. S. District Court court to halt his impending discharge, and U. S. Army Captain Jonathan Hopkins, who was discharged Monday, Maddow also criticised the Obama administration's “soul-sucking insistence on putting politics above doing what’s right."


Trab said...

It's not just here though, is it? Prop 8 being overturned was the first step too, with no improvement for LGBT people as we wait for a change to finally come about. Let's be a bit more negative about this; maybe the hope is that those changes will never come about at all if the process is dragged out long enough. It is a nearly universal policy of democratic governments everywhere, dragging out the process to avoid doing something they don't like. When all else fails, they use the judiciary to delay things, appeal after appeal, and when they are finally nailed to the wall, they come up with another twist of one kind or another to drag things out some more.
What they really want is a dictatorship, but they can't have that, so they do what is the next best thing, for them, and that is delay, snipe at critics, and waste ever more taxpayer money while at it.