Disgraceful Vote: Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ passes Senate

BettyJean Kling

A repeal of the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving openly passed the Senate with a 65-31 vote Saturday afternoon.

It is absolutely disgraceful that in the annals of history it will be noted that in this twenty-first century we had to take such a disgraceful vote at all and even more disgraceful that 31 Senators voted against qualified individual citizens of these United States for obviously discriminatory reasons. There is no Constitutional ground for this or any other discrimination against our citizens who would willingly join our armed services and risk their lives and limbs in service to our country for a pittance of what these crooks in office receive for living like royalty, flying first class and working part-time. Any citizen who steps up and takes the following oath should not be prohibited unless the Constitution prohibits it, but not because of discrimination based on race, creed, national origin, color or sex .

Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath. The oath of enlistment into the United States Armed Forces is administered by any commissioned officer to any person enlisting or re-enlisting for a term of service into any branch of the military. The officer asks the person, or persons, to raise their right hand and repeat the oath after him. The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States Flag and other flags, such as the state flag, military branch flag, and unit guidon may be present.

In the Armed Forces EXCEPT the National Guard (Army or Air)

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Further, because of their disgraceful exhibition and the record thereof, we should work to remove these 31 Senators from office as they are not supporting and defending the Constitution according to their oath.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)

In America, we do not vote based on religious dogma. Perhaps Sharia Law which wants to work its way into our American judicial system would be a good lesson for those who would insist on religious based laws to reconsider why not? We vote based on The Constitution. Let’s hope we bring Marriage up next- that also is a vote based up to now has been influenced on religion instead of Constitutional Law.

When are we all going to learn what the Tea Party preaches – follow the Constitution and stay out of other people’s personal lives and out of our pockets. The Government’s job is

‘The government’s only proper job is to protect individual rights against violence by force or fraud…to protect men from foreign invaders…to settle disputes among men according to objective laws….The greatness of the Founding Fathers was how well they understood this issue and how close some of them came to understanding it perfectly.’ — Ayn Rand; Law Quote Viewhttp://www.schipul.com/en/q/?679 


5 Responses

  1. You’re right BJ – but at least it got done!

    • It may have gotten done liz but it is shameful how – how long- and how shamefully . this is pitiful. Our country is so friggen far behind in Equal rights for Women and Gay rights that it sickens me.

      For heaven sakes we have had a Gay president – but so long as he didn’t tell it was OK.

      Meanwhile – it seems to be ok to have whoremasters and rapists and sexists and pigs and God knows what else but openly Gay – God forbid.

      Everything has to be closeted- no wonder women can’t get ahead – can’t hide tits!

  2. Very well said BettyJean, I am happy that it has passed and the country took one step in the right direction for “equality for all”

  3. I appreciate your outrage, but in defense of those whose military experience is compromised by the presence of openly gay soldiers, don’t be so quick to judge: these senators voted as their constituents asked. Read the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, The letters and papers of the authors of those documents. They observed their “divinity within” and while they required that no laws inhibiting practice of religion be passed by Congress, they took their courage in the Divine Endowment of their Creator with those certain, inalienable right. Many Americans, in their spiritual journey, have not yet “separated” their religious sentiments from their faith in the Divinity Within that moves them in key moments. Please be patient with soldiers who aren’t completely comfortable with “openly gay.” And be equally assertive that straight soldiers enjoy equal rights to promotion, inclusion and protection. Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell affirmed that being gay is not a factor that should affect the ability of any soldier, gay or straight, male of female, to function. For those soldiers who could not be gay without drawing attention to themselves, this was, I gather, an IMPOSSIBLE challenge. It is regrettable that the issue has been permitted to so divide our military people. I’m just as appalled that a “coming out” could cost a soldier his post as that any soldier might fear being excluded from opportunity to advance for being either straight or for holding to traditions they associate with religious precedentf.

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