Posted byat 18th May, 2009
When Barack Obama was running for president, he made all kinds of promises that helped differentiate his positions from those of the evil Bush/Cheney administration. By and large he’s kept most of those promises, and to be fair, some of those that he didn’t were mitigated for understandable reasons. Not all. Not all, at all.
Obama reversed his position against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military’s policy of tossing out homosexuals who come out of the closet. On May 7th, the Army chucked out First Lieutenant Dan Choi.
When such a thing happened during the Bush years, it was customary state the victim’s bona fides. Whereas that shouldn’t be necessary – it’s not okay to discriminate against, say, the bottom 25% of one’s graduating class and I, for one, hated being referred to as one of the “good ones” when Christian friends were trying to be nice to me in high school – I shall bow to tradition. Dan Choi is a West Point graduate and a decorated officer in the Army National Guard who is, by the way, completely fluent in Arabic. He served with honor in Iraq. When it comes to his career and his view of the military, Choi’s a believer. If we’re going to have well-trained soldiers in the area, Dan Choi is exactly the type of guy we need.
Now Choi is one of the 13,000 who have been chucked out of the armed forces due to nothing less than complete and utter bigotry. Obama could have stopped it, he could have put it on hold until the law could be changed. He saw what happened to Bill Clinton and he decided not to flirt with that third rail. He betrayed his promise out of political expediency, and he proved that the face of bigotry is liberal as well as conservative, democratic as well as republican, black as well as white, smart as well as dumb.
Most of all, Barack Obama proved once and for all that he’s a real politician. I am very, very disappointed. He sold himself as someone better than that. Maybe some day he’ll show the courage he showed as a candidate, but it will be too late for Dan Choi.
Obama didn’t get rid of Choi. The masters of war who hold their perverted discriminatory religious doctrine well above the oft-stated so-called “American” values of freedom and fair play for all without respect to race, creed, physical restriction or sexual orientation fired him.
As Commander-In-Chief, Obama consciously declined to lift a finger to save him. Yes, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” currently is the law of the land. So was slavery. Obama should understand better than your average W.A.S.P. that neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Bill of Rights contains asterisks.
Maybe he does. Sadly, political pragmatism is a redundancy.
13,000 down; 65,000 to go. Barack, it looks like your work is cut out for you.
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