The Republican Party of Virginia sent out an e-mail to supporters today, complaining about President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
Kagan, famously, joined in an amicus brief in a lawsuit fighting the Solomon Amendment, the law that prohibits federal funding to universities that bar military recruiters from their campus. Kagan did so on behalf of Harvard Law School, where she was dean, because the school prohibits any organization from recruiting on campus that discriminates. The military, of course, prohibits gays from serving, ergo they weren’t allowed on campus. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the military, and that was that.
Here’s the odd thing: the RPV doesn’t mention the nut of this, the fact that it’s about “don’t ask, don’t tell.” They claim that Kagan prohibited recruiters to send the message that “somehow the armed forces are not a valid career, and that military service is something to be shunned.” The dispute wasn’t about the military, it was about discrimination against gays. The same RPV that spearheaded the marriage amendment just four years ago now can’t even bring itself to mention to its own supporters that Kagan was standing up for gay rights. In 2006, that would have been worse than barring recruiters. In 2010—when both Laura Bush and Dick Cheney have come out in favor of gay marriage—the RPV won’t even acknowledge the reason behind the dispute in question, because they know that their membership is increasingly A-OK with homosexuality.
The times, they are a-changin’.
The original text of the letter follows.
Yesterday 10 members of the General Assembly, who also proudly served in our nation’s armed forces, sent a letter to Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb asking them if they share Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s belief that military recruiters should be kicked off the campuses of our Colleges and Universities.
You see, President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court signed onto an amicus brief when she served a [sic] Dean of Harvard Law School that said the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces were not permitted on campus to try and recruit our nation’s best and brightest.
I want to ask you to join these General Assembly veterans and sign the letter to Senators Warner and Webb by clicking here or going to www.LetterToWarnerAndWebb.com
Virginia is home to some of the nation’s best colleges and universities and it also home to hundreds of thousands of active duty and retired military personnel, as well as their families. We should all be deeply concerned about the judicial philosophy of a candidate for the highest court in our land who appears to hold the men and women of our military in such low regard.
Blocking recruiters from campus suggests that somehow the armed forces are not a valid career, and that military service is something to be shunned. The men and women of our armed forces put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom. Sacrifice for country is not something to be hidden away or blocked. Indeed, it should be celebrated. Additionally, shouldn’t our armed forces always try to recruit our best and brightest to ensure that the freedoms that so many have fought and died to defend, remain intact?
After you sign the letter to our U.S. Senators please forward this email to your friends and family and ask them to sign as well. The people of Virginia deserve to know if Senators Warner and Webb share Elena Kagan’s beliefs about the military or if they disagree with President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thank you in advance for signing the letter to Senators Warner and Webb at www.LetterToWarnerAndWebb.com
P.S. Once you have signed the letter at www.LetterToWarnerAndWebb.com please forward it to all of your friends and ask them to sign as well. The people of Virginia deserve to know if Senators Warner and Webb share President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee’s believe that our military should be kicked off the campuses of our colleges and universities.