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Oklahoma’s Governor cuts spousal benefits for the ENTIRE National Guard – just to get at The Gays

IN January 2011, hard-core Jesus junkie Mary Fallin became Oklahoma’s first female governor. She said in her inaugural address:

As today’s ceremonies come to a close, I’d like to ask for the help and guidance of my Heavenly Father. I pray for wisdom, discernment and strength for those of us chosen by the good people of Oklahoma to legislate and administer.

Governor Fallin

Governor Fallin

Her election – endorsed by the swivel-eyed Sarah Palin – prompted one conservative commentator, Robert Driskell, to write:

While Oklahoma Christians may take heart in the hope that the newly elected leader of our state takes her relationship with God seriously, one wonders how long it will take her opponents to leap upon her statements and accuse her of being yet another right-wing-religious-nut who wishes to force her Christian beliefs on one and all.

He added:

Motivated by clear biblical teachings, this writer has written several articles concerning the irritating habit of non-believers who claim that a believer’s belief somehow makes him/her less capable of executing the duties of public office competently. On the contrary, being led by God is the only way a politician, or anyone else, can live as they were meant to live.

Well, this week – granted, it’s taken a little longer than we anticipated – Fallin has been jumped upon for being a religiously-motivated right-wing nut for cutting spousal benefits for the ENTIRE Oklahoma National Guard.

But before we cut to the chase – Fallin’s ingrained homophobia – this is what you should know about the woman. When she was sworn in to office at an outdoor ceremony she promised in her oath to:

Offend the Constitution of the United States.

At the time, her spokesman blamed the cold weather, saying:

I was amazed that anyone was able to speak at all or get any of their lines right considering how cold it was outside.

Yesterday The Slate’s Joseph Stern Stern wrote:

Many at the time assumed it was a blunder. But as it turns out, Gov Fallin is true to her word.

In September, she vowed to prohibit Oklahoma’s National Guard from providing benefits to married same-sex couples, directly violating a Pentagon directive and a presidential decree. When the Pentagon said said “you cannot discriminate in this way” Fallin decided to remove ALL spousal benefits.

Observed Stern:

The Republican governor, in other words, would rather deny every soldier benefits than grant a few gay ones the rights they have been federally guaranteed.

He described her logic as being:

Painfully mangled.

She defended her move by saying:

Oklahoma law is clear. The state of Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it confer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision reached today allows the National Guard to obey Oklahoma law without violating federal rules or policies. It protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.

Stern retorted:

Not to harp on the point, but this notion is so deliriously erroneous, so undeniably and doltishly wrong, that I can’t quite believe Fallin believes it herself. The military’s policy of providing spousal benefits to same-sex couples is not a gentle suggestion. It is a federal mandate, prompted by the president himself, extending from the Pentagon to each (federally funded, federally supervised) National Guard base.

It doesn’t matter whether the policy violates Oklahoma’s constitution: The Constitution of the United States declares in Article VI that ‘the laws of the United States … shall be the supreme law of the land’, regardless of ‘the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary’.

By presidential decree, the laws of the United States now require spousal benefits for gay soldiers; following that order is a constitutional requirement. And the federal constitution is not something a state governor can simply toss aside when it doesn’t suit her viciously homophobic beliefs.

Stern concluded:

Fallin, however, isn’t alone in her crusade of unconstitutional bigotry. Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia have all resisted the new policy as well, citing similar (and similarly fatuous) concerns about their anti-gay state constitutions. I’m not sure what these states’ excuse is – aside from virulent, unpatriotic prejudice – but at least Oklahoma has a defense to fall back on. The state elected a governor who, on her very first day in office, swore ‘to offend’ the United States constitution.

We can fault Fallin for many things. But we certainly can’t accuse her of going back on her word.

27 Responses to “Oklahoma’s Governor cuts spousal benefits for the ENTIRE National Guard – just to get at The Gays”

  1. Matt says:

    what a cunt

  2. Angela_K says:

    Another mendacious action by a christian bigot done to pass blame to Gay people. A revolting smug looking bitch, I hope someone close to her comes out as Gay. Notice how it as always the redneck retards of the American south who are the most bigoted.

  3. barriejohn says:

    It’s so encouraging to see these right-wing bigots making complete fools of themselves as it alerts all sensible people to what idiots they are. When I was a young Christian I was acutely emarrassed at the views expressed by many of the Brethren – especially the elders – and made damned sure that none of my classmates attended the Gospel Hall with me. They would have been shocked by some of the more extreme things that were being preached there, and well I knew it!

  4. Barry Duke says:

    That picture makes it look as if the Botox has seeped into her brain.

  5. Daz says:

    Never, in the field of human history, have the noses been cut off so many, to spite the faces of so few.

  6. barriejohn says:

    She looks as if she’s performing a number from The Mikado. “I’ve Got a Little List”, no doubt!

  7. Daz says:

    More like Brahms and Liszt.

  8. Broga says:

    How long before her lesbian lover is revealed? She is repressing something big time. You read it here first.

  9. Broga says:

    @barridejohn: Fun times ahead. The dotty governor is going to provide entertaining episodes. She has a weird, unbalanced look and her performance so far is very promising.

  10. barriejohn says:

    Cross Palin with Failing and you get…Fallin.

  11. […] I said over at the Freethinker, Never, in the field of human history, have the noses been cut off so many, to spite the faces of […]

  12. oldmanjenkins says:

    “Motivated by clear biblical teachings, this writer has written several articles concerning the irritating habit of non-believers who claim that a believer’s belief somehow makes him/her less capable of executing the duties of public office competently.” Um, yes relying on imaginary beings, and voices in your head does not make one a sound administrator of anything. It makes them a lunatic. Oh what was that pesky 1st Amendment? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Oh but I forgot the liars for jesus are trying to re-write history and make us a christian nation. And anyway what she did was unconstitutional based not only on Oklahoma’s Constitution but the US constitution which in the the oath of office states ” All public officers, before entering upon the duties of their
    offices, shall take and subscribe to the following oath or
    affirmation:
    “I, ………, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will
    support, obey, and defend the Constitution of the United States….” So in effect she has broken her oath and thereby relinquished her position.

  13. TrickyDicky says:

    @Matt

    Now that is unfair, as a good Christian she is only doing what her husband has told her to do.

  14. jay says:

    She’s apparently hoping to start a backlash against gays but I suspect she’s overplayed her hand.

  15. Trevor Blake says:

    Gov. Fallin: the issue of States’ rights versus Federal power was concluded at great expense 150 years ago. Ask a trusted friend about the US Civil War. You might be surprised.

    Meanwhile, in a better world the National Guard would abandon Oklahoma for the durration of your term.

    (And to Angela_K: I assure you Oklahoma is not at all in the South. Gov. fallin might be a redneck, though.)

  16. L.Long says:

    TrickyDicky said…’as a good Christian she is only doing what her husband has told her to do.’
    Which is a good point thus making her husband the actual Governor!! So how can these supposedly real xtians in that dimwitted state elect this Ahole bigot as governor, knowing that the WORD OF GAWD states she has to do what her husband says????

    Who are the National Guard paid by? The State? If so then she’s an even bigger AHole as she’s using the gay thing as an excuse to lower state payments to the NG. She had best be careful as the NG have LOTS of big guns, and the police are only use to harassing drivers.

  17. Broga says:

    I think that if you are a Christian you don’t need to acquire anything as boring as ability or knowledge. Your faith makes up for all the effort spent in hard won experience and study. How else could these people be floated into top positions.

    We have a prime example in the UK where the Reverend Paul Flowers (I hope I got his name right) has until recently been running a major bank with about as much knowledge of banking as myself. And that is zilch. With Reverend in front of his name he has been to a lavish bun fight (tax payer provided) at Downing Street, claimed huge and unjustified expenses for a charity he was involved in and (I like this one) acting as “advisor” to the leader of the Opposition.

    The Reverend Paul has now gone to ground. But how could anyone without the aegis of religion and Reverend in front of his name have got away with this?

  18. AgentCormac says:

    As today’s ceremonies come to a close, I’d like to ask for the help and guidance of my Heavenly Father. I pray for wisdom, discernment and strength for those of us chosen by the good people of Oklahoma to legislate and administer.

    Anybody remember how incredibly effective Rick Perry found it to call on god for providence? They just don’t learn, do they?
    http://stupidevilbastard.com/2011/04/gov-perry-asks-texans-to-pray-for-rain-god-says-fuck-you/

  19. Intersubstantgenuflukpostasy says:

    Such charity, such empathy, such compassion, such humility, such sympathy, such stupidity. I like christians like this…. They clearly show what a contemptible lot they are. Hateful, selfish, bigoted, nasty, interfering, bigmouthed creeps.

  20. acute says:

    May I join in the ad hominem …if she has another facelift she will have to start shaving.

  21. charlie says:

    This bimbo, no offense to any real bimbos, is even worse than the turd we have as governor here in Louisiana. Yes, she is worse than Booby Jindal. What a damn fool. The US Constitution and Federal law trumps state laws every time. As one commenter pointed out, this “fight” was over in 1865 and we can read the history books to see how that ended.
    I agree, the Oklahoma National Guard should just quit, all of them until they elect a governor who understands the US Constitution. Of course, we have so many congress critters who do not understand that document as is, so it could be a very long waiting period.
    And the idiots don’t know why the US of A is in the deep crap it is in. Amazing the stupid we have in my country today. Thanks loads religion.

  22. […] after posting today’s piece about Fallin and her reprehensible treatment of the National Guard, I found myself wondering what else makes Driskell twitchy. Didn’t have far to look. He’s all […]

  23. john c says:

    Her face reminds me of Robin Williams.

  24. Barry Duke says:

    I guess things ain’t changed much in Oklamoma since Merle Haggard wrote “Okie from Miskogee” back in the late 60s:

    We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
    We don’t take our trips on LSD
    We don’t burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
    We like livin’ right, and bein’ free.

    I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
    A place where even squares can have a ball
    We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
    And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all

    We don’t make a party out of lovin’;
    We like holdin’ hands and pitchin’ woo;
    We don’t let our hair grow long and shaggy,
    Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.

    And I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
    A place where even squares can have a ball.
    We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
    And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all.

    Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear;
    Beads and Roman sandals won’t be seen.
    Football’s still the roughest thing on campus,
    And the kids here still respect the college dean.

    We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
    In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.

    Was he taking the piss?

  25. Matt Westwood says:

    Maybe — but this is Nick Cave on the subject, and he most definitely *is* taking the piss:

    We’ve laid the cables and the wires
    We’ve split the wood and stoked the fires
    We’ve lit our town so there is no
    Place for crime to hide
    Our little church is painted white
    And in the safety of the night
    We all go quiet as a mouse
    For the word is out
    That God is in the house

    God is in the house
    God is in the house
    No cause for worry now
    God is in the house

    Moral sneaks in the White House
    Computer geeks in the school house
    Drug freaks in the crack house
    We don’t have that stuff here
    We got a tiny little Force
    Yeah but we need them of course
    For the kittens in the trees
    And at night we’re on our knees
    As quiet as a mouse
    For God is in the house

    God is in the house
    God is in the house
    And no one’s left in doubt
    God is in the house

    Homos roaming the streets in packs
    Queer bashers with tyre-jacks
    Lesbian counter-attacks
    That stuff is for the big cities
    Our town is very pretty
    We have a pretty little square
    We have a woman for a mayor
    Our policy is firm but fair
    Now that God is in the house

    God is in the house
    God is in the house
    Any day now He’ll come out
    God is in the house

    Well-meaning little therapists
    Goose-stepping twelve-stepping tee-totalitarianists
    The tipsy, the reeling and the drop down pissed
    We got no time for that stuff here
    Zero crime and no fear
    And we’ve bred all our kittens white
    So that you can see them in the night
    And at night we’re on our knees
    As quiet as a mouse
    Since the word got out
    From the North down to the South
    For no-one’s left in doubt
    There’s no fear about
    If we all hold hands and very quietly shout
    Hallelujah

    God is in the house
    God is in the house
    Oh I wish He would come out
    God is in the house