Debunking the ‘durable myths’ about DADT

Excellent post at Pam’s House Bend from FogCityJohn, who is “an appellate lawyer by profession.” He takes deconstructs and disproves five of the myths that we keep hearing about DADT repeal from the usual cast of apologists. It’s not as simple as they make it sound. Read the post. These five myths are debunked:

Myth No. 1: Since DADT is a law enacted by Congress, the president has no choice but to enforce it.

Myth No. 2: The president hasn’t suspended the discharges because he wants “durable” repeal, and the only way to achieve that is for Congress to pass the pending defense authorization bill.

Myth No. 3: The Department of Justice was required to appeal the judgment in the Log Cabin Republicans litigation.

Myth No. 4: DOJ is just appealing so that they can get a higher court to invalidate DADT and set a wider precedent.

Myth No. 5: DOJ’s appeal doesn’t matter, because a future administration could appeal later.

This is a really important post for anyone who is trying to sort this out. Very thorough. Well researched. Unapologetic.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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