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