Friday, September 24, 2010

The Walls, The Walls are Gonna Fall

"A federal judge ruled Friday that a decorated flight nurse discharged from the Air Force for being gay should be given her job back as soon as possible in the latest legal setback to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy."

"The decision by U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton came in a closely watched case as a tense debate has been playing out over the policy. Senate Republicans blocked an effort to lift the ban this week, but two federal judges have ruled against the policy in recent weeks." - Gene Johnson, MSNBC

Somehow, in this polarized world, with individual freedom being touted we miss the mark on what it truly means.  Freedom from taxes, and a health care law are labeled more important largely than a genuine case so emblematic of the misuse of federal power.  The army is indeed an extension of the federal government as much as many would deny.  And this force is not above the law of democracy.  If anything it should reflect the values of the nation; freedom of expression, speech and choice.

Congress cannot require this to happen.  They are too muddled in bickering.  Therefore, the courts, where real people go to voice real grievances must take up the challenge.  This is ultimately authority that conservatives should agree on; they want it local and it is.

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