Walter Rhett

The Greatness of Democracy

In National Affairs on September 11, 2010 at 1:56 am

This blog was written after a US District court judge declared “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unconstitutional and those opposing open service for intra-gender orientation jumped to protest.

Now the spin begins, and what for? After a long and fully documented history of men and women with intra-gender orientation serving in the uniformed services, earning rank, receiving high evaluations, commendations, and reviews, commanding troops in combat, and working important command jobs, what else is left than to declare discrimination to be wrong?

The greatness of democracy is that one district judge from California can declare a policy to be in violation of our Constitution. The rule of law prevails against bias, bigotry, and tyranny. Instead of celebrating the advancement of our common creed and embracing common ground, Perkins and others want democracy to function as a hierarchy based on the views of a chain of command. If that were so, slaves would have never been freed and women would be without the vote.

I, for one, applaud the judges’ decision. Just as they once were about racial integration in the short arc of history, the Chiefs, however valuable their service and however vaunted their experiences, are wrong on this one.

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