A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy.

Let those of us who remember honor the devotion and sacrifice of that generation.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13

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Never mind that DOMA is federal law, nor that West Point is federal property, same-sex marriage is all about New York…

…which, frankly, doesn’t surprise me all that much. Still, since when does the United States Military Academy condone blatant violation of federal law?

First same-sex marriage being celebrated Saturday at West Point’s Cadet Chapel

The 20-year-old Defense of Marriage Act still prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. New York approved gay marriage in June 2011.

Alrighty then. Federal law prohibits gay marriage. New York says “screw the roolz”. New York wins. Right? Well, not quite. Seems the Defense Department had some bearing on the matter.

Obama in September 2011 ended the U.S. military’s so-called “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that banned gays from serving openly. And the Pentagon issued a statement at about the same time allowing same-sex marriages at U.S. military facilities.

Hmm. So now the demise of “Don’t Ask, don’t tell” trumps federal law?

But wait! There’s more!

However, the Defense Department has made clear the policy change does not constitute its endorsement of gay marriage.

Huh? The old saying “talking out of both sides of your mouth” comes to mind. So does the old idea about trying to walk with your feet on both sides of the ditch. At some point you’re going to fall in.

Here’s the deal. I get it that Gays want to openly serve in the military. I get their wanting to get married and enjoy the same civil benefits (if that’s the correct way of expressing it). What I don’t get is how what they want can take place in open defiance of federal law. Same-sex marriage, whether any State condones it, IS a violation of federal law, and, given the existence of a federal law, no state may now contravene that law with their own allowing same-sex marriage. At least, that’s my understanding of the Tenth Amendment. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just too old fashioned and need to come into the modern world where we do as we damn well please. There are too many examples to list of how that could apply in one’s daily life, like creating one’s own speed limits while driving. Wouldn’t that be fun, cutting down our drive time to the market and back? Imagine how much more one could get accomplished in a day!

Another point of contention is that of the Defense Department not openly endorsing gay marriage. Umm, but you did, Mr. Secretary, by establishing a policy of allowing gay marriage at U.S military facilities. No double speak there. Yah? Really, this boggles my mind. Using an abstract interpretation of this policy, Midshipmen at Canoe U may now get married, because, well, federal law is ignored concerning gay marriage and we’re all about not discriminating on the basis of anything. Right? Screw the roolz, cause you made it okay. Right, Mr. Secretary? Mr. President?

I don’t know. Maybe I should have had a cup of coffee…anything…before sitting down to write this.

I’m sick and damn tired, however, of the government violating laws it established for the good order and conduct of the citizenry, and all because a tiny percentage of the population decides it wants what it wants and screw the rest of us. Four percent, to put a number on it, are motivating federal and state governments to shape policy that affects the rest of us. So much for my vote, and likely yours too. I mean, I didn’t vote for Obama. But he’s still going to be inaugurated in January, and I have to live with it. We all do, like it or not. Why, then, must we make exception for Gays? Why must we set aside properly established law for four percent of the population? Will it contribute to the greater good of mankind? Or our society?

Government, at all levels throughout the country, has opened Pandora’s box with gay marriage, suborning disobedience of the law and creating an environment where minority special interest groups may sway public policy, not for the good of all, but simply for the good of themselves. To any gay folk who might happen upon this rant, imagine, if you will, where this will take society from here on out. Imagine, if you will, what might happen if a tiny percentage of non-Christians start to bitch about Christians putting Christmas creches on display in public places.

Oh. Wait. That’s already happening. Happened last week…again…in Santa Monica, CA. An Atheist has a problem with creches. Christmas creche display is gone. The rest of Santa Monica’s population be damned, because one guy has problem with their traditions.

Okay. Never mind. Bad example.

Oh! Here’s one! How about Muslim groups looking to institute Sharia law in their communities, where anyone passing through has to abide by their laws? Veils over faces, ladies? Yes, because you’re in their town now!

No. Can’t use that one either. Seems Muslims somewhere in Michigan are already on a rant about doing just that. Detroit, was it?

Shall I go on?

Sorry, but I need coffee.

What we all need is clearer thinking about the way forward in this nation, and whether pandering to special interest groups is in the best interests of the nation as a whole.

Somehow, I think not. But that’s just me.

Or is it?