Newly Elected Florida Councilman Refuses to Swear Support for US

Basil Dalack, newly elected Florida councilman, is refusing to take the oath of office, which includes a pledge of support for the US government, because he is angry about the war in Iraq.

MIAMI (Reuters) – A newly elected councilman in a tiny Florida village has refused to take an oath of office pledging support for the U.S. government because he adamantly opposes the war in Iraq.

Councilman-elect Basil Dalack, 76, a Korean War veteran, won an uncontested election to fill a vacancy on the five-person council of the southeast Florida town of Tequesta.

But he is refusing to take the oath of office — due to be administered on Thursday — because the oath requires him to “support, protect and defend” the government. His decision comes at a time when polls show ebbing support for the war.

Dalack said he believes the U.S. war in Iraq is unjust and “an abomination.” He said he could not sleep at night if he took a pledge implying blanket support for the U.S. government.

“Those dead kids in Iraq, American kids and Iraqi kids, would haunt me,” Dalack said.

Keep in mind that the oath in question is virtually identical to the oaths for state, county, and local office holders. However, since he doesn’t like the oath, he thinks it should be rewritten just for him. What arrogance.

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