There is an old Jimmy Durante song which has the words, “did you ever get the feeling that you wanted to go, stay, go.” Candidate Barack Obama emphasized his belief that gays and lesbians had a right to openly serve their nation in the armed forces. A few days ago, Judge Virginia Phillips announced a decision which makes clear the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy violates the Constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. One would assume, the president would then remain silent, allow the judge’s decision to proceed, and thus avoid a tough political fight over the issue which is not welcomed by many in Congress. However, the Justice Department is appealing the judge’s decision even while the president quietly gave the impression he welcomed the decision. This is simply another example of why young Americans are not excited concerning the upcoming elections. Each time the president refuses to take a stand in the name of expediency, he loses young people.
As Theodore Roosevelt used to say about an opponent, “he has the backbone of a chocolate eclair.” How about saying you want the decision to go ahead and quit dilly dallying about the entire matter?