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Obama Carries on FDR Legacy, Certifies Gays Can Fight for America

President Barack Obama certified the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell yesterday. Uncle Sam's discrimination against homosexuals who are willing to fight and die for this great country ends on September 20. I move we change the date of "Patriot Day" to September 20. Instead of wallowing in defeat, let us celebrate another victory in the march toward the full realization of the American ideal of equality for all. Plus, the parades would be much more fun.

My friend Bill Fleming sees any discrimination as anathema to the Constitution. On my morning run around the Tidal Basin, I saw a quote from another good man who seconds that opinion:

We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1940

All of our citizens, whatever their background. President Roosevelt would be pleased this morning. Thank you, President Obama.


  1. Steve Sibson 2011.07.25

    Funny you bring up FDR, the guy who finished off the constitution that Fleming is referring to. Perhaps not funny.

  2. Bill Fleming 2011.07.25

    Steve, you could say that. Or you could go back further and say that Lincoln did it. But only if you want to make a Federalist argument, which most Americans aren't buying.

  3. Steve Sibson 2011.07.26

    Lincoln, oh yeah...the other anti-discrimination guy. The guy who killed nullification.

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