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Banning the Pledge of Allegiance

The City Council of Eugene, Ore., has banned the Pledge, comparing it to the Communist Manifesto.

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all."

It’s such a part of our social fabric that by the time someone - anyone – has recited the words, “I pledge allegiance…” everyone around them has already joined in. Children in Johns Creek schools, as in other towns, recite it every morning at the start of the school day. Your Johns Creek City Council opens each meeting with it, as do other city councils across the country.

With the exception of the Eugene, Ore., City Council.

That's right. Over the past several days the Eugene City Council has come under fire for banning the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance whenever the city council meets. One council member in Eugene went so far as to say that having each meeting start with people reciting the “Pledge” was the same as making people recite the Communist Manifesto.

Of course, I expect such a thing from a council member in Eugene, Ore. – a town known by many as Berkley North, a reference to Berkley, Calif., which is one of the most liberal cities in America and the home of the University of California, Berkley.

No doubt the people of Eugene certainly have every right to decide if they want to recite the Pledge before each council meeting. But that’s just it – the council didn’t ask the people of Eugene. It just let a member make the motion, waited for another member to second the motion, put it to a vote of the council – and did away with allowing the recitation of the Pledge - except on or near patriotic holidays such as the Fourth of July. And that part of the resolution was even a major compromise on the part of those council members who never want the Pledge recited at council meetings.

When the people of Eugene heard of the plan to ban the Pledge they filled the council chambers at the next meeting. But, for the most part, their wishes went unheeded. The mayor and council decided that standing up, facing the flag and reciting the Pledge was just too American – in keeping with the teachings of their liberal leader, Barack Obama, who feels it is best to use taxpayer dollars to travel the planet apologizing for America being America.

Just remember, 235 years ago this weekend, about 50 men gathered in the Philadelphia heat. And with a war moving ever closer to them, they decided to tell a tyrant king that it was time for the colonies to be free and independent states. 

They did that with the Declaration of Independence, which, by the way, ends with its own pledge, stating, “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

These men made a pledge.  I don’t see why we can’t do the same thing – and that includes the elected officials of the City of Eugene, Ore.

Hifi July 04, 2011 at 06:29 AM
Randy, Ironically, even the Communists never made their children Pledge to the nation. It actually is worse than the Communist Manifesto. The closest any government has come to anything like it was the Nazi's. It is no coincidence, either, as Hitler greatly admired the practice socialist Francis Bellamy created that would brainwash youth with a nationalist spirit and work to eliminate Federalism (no tea-partier should rest until this anti-state propaganda is wiped from government at every level). Hitler even adopted the stiff-armed salute that U.S. children used when pledging. Now, if this really is the America you want, someone better travel the planet apologizing for you.
Randy Wyles July 04, 2011 at 06:13 PM
It’s great to have an opinion, isn’t it, Hifi? Feels good to share it in a free society, doesn’t it? Too bad the only way you can do that is by thinly slicing and carefully dissecting some aspect of history taken out of context, then stretching it to fit what you claim to be the truth as you lay it over the issue at hand – hoping that distorted template of yours will cover the opinion you can’t handle. If you don’t like or care to recite the “Pledge” – that’s fine. They rest of us prefer standing up for America. It’s the very least we can do - considering all who have fallen for her. Thanks for reading.

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