Thursday Open Thread

As Elisa mentioned on her post yesterday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips issued an injunction on Tuesday stopping enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ending the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. Good news, right? But according to this post, GLAD expects the Obama administration to appeal the DADT decision.

Gary Buseck, GLAD’s legal director Buseck stated that it is expected that the Executive Branch would appeal since it “has a responsibility to defend acts of Congress.”

I think the author of this post, Joe Sudbay, said it best:

We were told this week that the President hasn’t spoken to the constitutionality of DOMA yet. But, today, a federal court judge did. Twice. So, the Obama administration’s DOJ will now have to argue that DOMA is, in fact, constitutional. The DOJ will be arguing that the judge was wrong and DOMA is not an “irrational prejudice” and that it doesn’t violate “equal protection principles embodied in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

I hope Eric Holder, Tony West and the so-called LGBT Liaison at DOJ, Matt Nosanchuk, all think really long and hard about this. And, the Obama political team better pay attention, too. How they decide to proceed with their appeal is going to be scrutinized very closely and not just from a legal perspective. It will have political ramifications.

I really hope the Obama administration doesn’t appeal. I know that my friend Joshua, who works for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in Washington, D.C., is very disheartened, as am I.

Don’t do it President Obama. We need you to keep your promises.


Monica Goodling Testifying right now

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The rape and pillage of our Constitution, Executive Branch and Department of Justice (not to mention Iraq, but I digress) will be the legacy of George W. Bush and his band of thugs.  Maybe I see more of it because I am outside of the country and people are shocked that our government is just as corrupt as it is self righteous.  Maybe I see more because I seek it out, because I am passionate about my country and the rule of law.  James Comey’s testimony last week had me shouting at the screen.  The Department of Justice defends us, the people.  But how can we trust them anymore to work for us when they screw our Constitution and laugh in our faces?

The DOJ Attorney Purge is just another example of how this administration does whatever the hell it wants without any thought to us, the people.

Impeach AG Gonzales.  Now.  Don’t let that weasel resign.  Impeach him.