If the President is going to brag at the State of the Union about how all troops, gay and straight, are now one, thanks to him, then he needs to start acting like it. This is his administration. He has the power to make these court cases against the protesters go away (he has the power to stop defending DADT and DOMA in court as well), and he has the power to stop the Defense Department from trying to force servicemembers discharged under DADT to pays thousands, and in some cases tens of thousands of dollars, because they were discharged under DADT.
This is the reason so many of us are constantly perturbed with this White House. It doesn't seem that anyone there fully understands that they're in charge, that they have actual power. We constantly hear how powerless they are, how the president isn't king and isn't God. No, he's not - but he is the president of the United States, which is no small shakes. It's not entirely clear they fully get that fact. If the administration's representatives continue to harass our troops and our civil rights organizers, then it is the White House's fault, because they are not doing nearly enough to stop it.
They have the power to stop it. So stop it.
28 January 2011
A clarion call from John Aravosis: