Two years ago, when the Bush White House was secretly contemplating the sweeping politicization of the Justice Department’s prosecutors, such questions would have seemed out of line, impertinent, even crazy. Today they seem to be frighteningly on target. If the lies that produced the Iraq War can be considered a soft form of presidential authoritarianism abroad, then should we consider Bush’s perversion of the government’s prosecutorial power at home an equally dangerous form of tyranny? Following Karl Rove’s footsteps will help the nation understand the answer. Expect the worst.
Immoral no more
The chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff, Marine Corps General Peter Pace thinks homosexuality is immoral. Fair enough, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, even if it is a bit old-fashioned. And adultery? That’s immoral too. The general did not offer a hint as to his thinking on sex between unmarried individuals. But we suspect he might take a dim view of that as well. Faced with the prospect of so much immorality among the nearly two million troops under his command, we have a suggestion that just might elevate the moral tone of our armed forces. Since the military has its own set of laws called the Uniform Code of Military Conduct, we suggest the armed services take a bold step and legalize gay marriage. With as many as 65,000 gays and lesbians now serving in uniform, it would give those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and airwomen, not to mention marines, a chance to do the decent thing by getting hitched. It might create another set of problems by increasing the pool of potential adulterers, but nobody said that life was easy. The military is justly proud of its record as a social trailblazer. Relatively speaking, it is more racially integrated and gender diverse than even the most politically correct elite universities. So why not join the state of Massachusetts and blaze another trail? Military gay marriage. Remember, you read it here first.
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