Last week, Judge Virginia A. Philips ordered the military to immediately stop enforcement of the ban on gay and lesbian troops serving openly in the military; last month, she had ruled that the statute is unconstitutional. Over the weekend, WorldNetDaily published a column by Dave Welch alleging that Phillips "fired a judicial IED directly into the effectiveness, readiness and moral of our military in a time of war makes this, in my non-legal opinion, an act of treason."
In fact, as we've noted, at least 25 nations, including U.S. allies like the United Kingdom, Canada, and Israel, allow gay and lesbian troops to serve openly. In a February 2010 report, the Palm Center reviewed the experience of those nations and found: "Research has uniformly shown that transitions to policies of equal treatment without regard to sexual orientation have been highly successful and have had no negative impact on morale, recruitment, retention, readiness or overall combat effectiveness. No consulted expert anywhere in the world concluded that lifting the ban on openly gay service caused an overall decline in the military."
Welch goes on to declare Phillips a "domestic enemy" and calls for her impeachment.
From Welch's column:
We had ONE judge again overrule the legislative and executive branches, as well as our military leadership and the will of the people.
Regardless of the issue, what we again have by a Clinton-appointed radical is complete and utter rejection of the U.S. Constitution, the separation of powers and rule by the "consent of the governed." The fact that U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips fired a judicial IED directly into the effectiveness, readiness and moral of our military in a time of war makes this, in my non-legal opinion, an act of treason.
The raw arrogance represented by this Virginia Phillips should result in impeachment. She has proven herself not only unfit for judgeship but is in fact a "domestic enemy" of the very kind our military members take an oath to defend against.
In addition to the usurpation of authority, the blow against the values that represent the fabric and foundation of this county is even more egregious. Even the social engineers with much influence in our Defense Department understand caution is in order before throwing away centuries of historical military precedence.