53 Congressmen Call for Mutiny

This is alarming.
“As the respected leaders of our brave armed service members, you have no obligation to implement a hastily considered tweet designed to serve as a ‘wedge’ political issue; but rather you should honor your own independent duty to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” the lawmakers wrote.

“We believe any serious or credible review of the law and the facts in the present case make it clear that the president’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces will weaken, not strengthen our military, and is blatantly unconstitutional.”
If it is blatantly unconstitutional, it is a blatantly unconstitutional policy that then-President Obama maintained for almost his whole tenure -- as did every single President before him. Of course, we have recently learned that the mere fact that a thing has been considered constitutional for the entire history of the nation is no proof against it being declared unconstitutional now.

Still, it's a thin reed to hang a mutiny on. Military orders are to be defied only if they are so obviously illegal as to "shock the conscience," a standard that 'restore the policy we had last year' would rarely satisfy.

There is one military leader on the record as intending to defy the order, which is now a formal policy that will soon be transmitted to DOD. The Commandant of the US Coast Guard says he will defy the order. The Coast Guard is usually a Homeland Security outfit but capable of being transferred to the DOD during war or at the pleasure of the President. The Coast Guard apparently has 13 members who are openly transgender, all of whom he apparently had contacted to express his support.

Meanwhile, The Hill reports that defiance is becoming more standard in nonmilitary Federal agencies.
The growing opposition in the executive branch comes as the White House’s legislative agenda has stalled in Congress and Trump turns to his Cabinet agencies to change course in several policy areas. It also is emanating from career staffers or political holdovers whose resistance to Trump has, at times, been rooted in deep opposition to the president’s agenda.
The opposition can take benign forms, such as resigning in protest, which is obviously perfectly fine and even highly appropriate if you decide that you can't do the job for whatever reason. This opposition can also take other forms, such as the dangerous new culture of leaking American secrets to the press.

For members of Congress to openly call for a military mutiny, though, is... well, reckless at least. Insofar as they believe they are defending the Constitution, I suppose their oaths require them to do what they think is necessary. But they're asking for one hell of a crisis, and I hope they know it.


Anonymous said...

Unconstitutional...They keep using that word, I do not think it means what they think it means (apologies to the writers of The Princess Bride).

In seriousness, though, this is just another symptom of a culture that has gone whole-hog for relativism. Once you get rid of the idea that truth is objective, and decide it is solely subjective, then it's easy to wake up one day decide that what had been within bounds is now suddenly out.

jaed said...

Awesome. They really do want a civil war, don't they?

The alarming thing about this—well, one among several—is that Congresscritters are supposed to be, relatively speaking, grownups. Or, even if their temperament isn't the most even, the fact that they have a lot to lose ought to keep them on an even keel. They're not supposed to do things that invite national chaos. Activists of various sorts are the ones who are supposed to do and say irresponsible and blinkered things.

So if there are 53 people in Congress who are willing to do something this stupid and dangerous, does that mean ordinary Democrats average even more stupid and dangerous at this time?

Grim said...

Your sense of the relative stupidity of Congress is at odds with mine. That is how it is supposed to work, but I never thought it really did.

jaed said...


However, I think my point about their having a lot to lose if they destabilize the federal government stands. (Of course, if they're sufficiently stupid, they may not realize this.)

Unknown said...

I applaud this in the sense that it clearly shows all they believe - we need more clarity about the two sides of our "cold civil war" to help people still undecided make a choice.

So by all means, don't hold back, show your full stupidity. Show your contempt for rule of law. Just don't whine when the reckoning comes and you are held accountable for your words and deeds.


Eric Blair said...

Democrats started the last civil war. Why not this time too?

Grim said...

I mean, it's a 50/50 chance. Either they will, or they won't.