Save for the bracketed word in the title, every word in quotation marks in the title above comes from an e-mail Log Cabin sent out to its list earlier this week. Did they even consider how that sounded?
In the e-mail primarily a fundraising appeal, the organization discusses the court challenge it brought against Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT), “Log Cabin Republicans is proud to have brought this case, and is committed to fighting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on all three fronts – on Capitol Hill, within the executive branch, and through the courts.”
While I share their goals of overturning DADT, I don’t share their commitment to fighting this in all three branches of the federal government. I’m concerned about the precedent this would set of having a federal court interfere in military policy, something the Constitution clearly delegates to the executive. Recall that it was President Harry S Truman who desegregated the military. And when President Bill Clinton punted on keeping his campaign promise in 1993, he agreed to legislative intervention. Until he signed that bill, the president could have, with the stroke of a pen, repealed the ban.
Instead of bringing this suit in a court of law, Log Cabin should deploy its resources to lobbying wavering Republican Senators and to working with Service Members Legal Defense Network (SLDN) to push the Senate to move forward on repeal.