The principles that rule this blog

Principles that will govern my thoughts as I express them here (from my opening statement):

  • Freedom of the individual should be as total as possible, limited only by the fact that nobody should be free to cause physical injury to another, or to deprive another person of his freedoms.
  • Government is necessary primarily to provide those services that private enterprise won't, or won't at a price that people can afford.
  • No person has a right to have his own beliefs on religious, moral, political, or other controversial issues imposed on others who do not share those beliefs.

I believe that Abraham Lincoln expressed it very well:

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot
so well do, for themselves — in their separate, individual capacities.”

Comments will be invited, and I will attempt to reply to any comments that are offered in a serious and non-abusive manner. However, I will not tolerate abusive or profane language (my reasoning is that this is my blog, and so I can control it; I wouldn't interfere with your using such language on your own!)

If anyone finds an opinion that I express to be contrary to my principles, they are welcome to point this out. I hope that I can make a rational case for my comments. Because, in fact, one label I'll happily accept is rationalist.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- finally!

Through the Frum Forum blog, it has come out that the military has finally complied with the court order to accept openly gay recruits. The order was issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Funny, President Obama was elected with so much gay support, but it took the judiciary to end DADT. If Obama were so pro-gay, he could have issued an executive order.

In this, as in the gay marriage controversy, the President talks as if he is sympathetic to gay equality, but look at his actions! Yet the majority of gay activists remain firmly behind him. It's not really justified, but you can't convince them.


William Hart said...

Obama fueled the the push for equality. Look at the GOP candidates. They are against the repeal to Don't ask Don't tell, and against any form of gay marriage and most against any form of gay rights or gay equality. Obama is our only hope for continued gay equality for 2012.

Opinionator said...

If you really believe that anything Obama has done has furthered the cause of gay equality, you have been grievously deceived. It was the Log Cabin Republicans who pushed the repeal of Prop. 8, with no help from Obama at all. The court decisions which ended "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," similarly, got no help from Obama at all. He talks equality, but refuses to do a thing that would actually help.

Believe me, even under Michelle Bachman or Rick Santorum, the most anti-gay of the GOP candidates, gay rights will actually make as much progress as if Obama is returned to office. Obama is utterly beholden to people like the SEIU, who provide him with money and goons to beat up opponents. Gay Americans are neither numerous enough nor pewerful enough to help him, so he gives them lip service but nothing else.

As I said, if Obama were truly pro-gay rights, he could have ended DADT with an executive order on Jan. 20, 2009. He didn't, and has not done so -- it took a Court order to end DADT.

And it took him two years to cease to defend DOMA. Two whole years. A lot of help that gays have gotten from Obama.

Wake up, Mr. Hart!