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Merkley, Wyden intro bill to remove Confederate names, monuments from military bases

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Senate Democrats say bill would give Pentagon a year to make it happen

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., along with 34 of their Democratic colleagues, have introduced legislation requiring the Pentagon to remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America and anyone who voluntarily served it from all military bases and other assets of the Department of Defense.

The bill would require the Pentagon to rename the assets within one year.

The senators emphasized that changing the names of American bases won't erase the history of slavery and legacy of white supremacy in the country, but making these changes recognizes that the military should not be celebrating those who took up arms against the United States to preserve the enslavement of human beings.

“Having a military base, aircraft, ship, or asset named after you is a great honor,” said Merkley. “That honor should not go to anyone who committed treason against the United States with the goal of maintaining the horrific practice of slavery. It is way overdue and shouldn’t be controversial to take the names and symbols of those who took up arms against the United States military off of military property.”

“America’s proud military tradition should have no room in any form for honoring traitors who broke their oath to the United States so they could defend slavery,” Wyden said. “This legislation makes a much-needed fix to end the disgusting naming of bases and any other U.S. military asset for men who betrayed their country by waging war on the United States.”

Specifically, The Removing Confederate Names and Symbols from Our Military Act would:

• Require the Secretary of Defense to remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America or any person who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America from all assets of the Department of Defense. Grave markers will be exempted.
• Define the term ''asset'' to include any base, installation, street, building, facility, aircraft, ship, plane, weapon, equipment, or any other property owned or controlled by the Department of Defense.
• Require the Secretary of Defense to submit a certification in writing to SASC and the House Armed Services Committee detailing that removal has been completed.
• Prohibit the future display of any name, symbol, display, monument or paraphernalia that honors or commemorates the Confederate States of America or any person who served voluntarily.

Merkley and Wyden were joined in introducing The Removing Confederate Names and Symbols from Our Military Act by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Michael Bennet (D-CO.), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Robert Casey (D-PA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Tom Udall (D-NM), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tina Smith (D-MN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD) Chris Coons (D-DE), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).

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      1. Up until the civil rights movement in the 60s. For the last half century the KKK and the Republican party now walk hand in hand. IE: Did you already forget about your tiki torch waving Trump supporting Unite the Right Nazi brothers in Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us” and the very fine white supremacist that was convicted of murder for driving his car into a group of protesters? Sounds like you need to catch up to modern times.

  1. These 2 jerks are both brain dead to support this kind of crap. We need to vote in people who love America, Oregon is no different than the rest of those liberal places who let the mob rule.

    1. the people who love America would never put up statues to traitors and slave masters who would take up arms against it – your agenda is un-American

        1. You should read the last paragraph of this article you love to post…
          In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson (a democrat from TEXAS!!!) delivered a speech publicly condemning the Klan… though fragmented groups became aligned with neo-Nazi or other right-wing extremist organizations (aka the KKKAG clan of 2020) from the 1970s onward…

      1. Tio, Tio, Tio, How sad your life must be to still be posting 18 hours a day after all of these years. I love America. I served in the USMC during peace and combat. What branch did you serve in? You should get out here and live life as an American, instead of forming all of your opinions after all of your MSN, CNN, and Google research. Say hi to Anon for me, if she doesn’t jump on this and somehow figure out a way to mention the blue line on the back of Bend PD cars. 🙂

  2. So I have a question. How many of the people that have things names after them or have statues were actually racist? Did they fight just because they were in the south? Also how many confederate soldiers were forced to fight or risk loosing lands or family?

  3. This BS needs to stop now . . . before ya’ll wake the sleeping giant. The military rid itself of racism way before society as a whole. Mark my words, ya’ll keep messing with military and you are not going to be happy with the final outcome will be.

    1. You are absolutely right. The last thing these “leaders” in places like the “zone” in Seattle can comprehend is the consequences they will endure if/when the military is needed to step in. It’s not going to be a scolding from their mama…..there will be no time out to sit in their “safe space” with their crayons and comfort dogs.

      1. So you’re offended by a proposal to stop honoring people who were, be definition, traitors to this country, but you think some overwhelming military response should be employed against civilian protesters in Seattle? I don’t support the “occupation” in Seattle, but it’s still a local matter for Seattle and Washington State to deal with; I’m pretty sure that literal rebellion and civil war was a greater affront to the US.

    2. You are so out of touch, it’s scary. You’ve tried to peddle this garbage here before and I’ve given you links to numerous polls and interviews illustrating that you are just plain wrong. Here’s a few again.
      I could do this all day but I’m not sure you can actually read.

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