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I read months ago that Barack Obama stopped wearing his American flag lapel pin. He said he would henceforth “show patriotism by expressing his ideas.”
“Good for him,” I thought. I hate ritualistic, loyalty-oath types of displays of goes-without-saying emotions like patriotism, concern for breast cancer victims, and so forth.
Then I heard he also refused to put his hand over his heart when he said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag or during the National Anthem (it differs from news story to news story—presumably, if he won’t put his hand over his heart for one, he won’t for the other either). On 6/12/08, Obama said his campaign is going to counterattack “rumors” about him including that he refused to say the pledge of allegiance. I never said he refused to say it. Only that I heard he refused to put his hand over his heart when he said it. If that’s a rumor, he needs to explain the widely circulated, including on TV last night, photo of Hillary and Richardson with their hands over their hearts while Obama has his clasped together in front of him. See the above link.
“Oookay,” I thought. Don’t fully understand that one. I would better understand his refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance at all. It is a bit nutty, it seems to me, to make a pledge to a piece of cloth.
The phrase “and to the nation” suggests a “my country right or wrong” mentality which is wrong when the country is wrong.
The phrase “under God” was added at the behest of the Knights of Columbus, a sort of gentlemen’s auxiliary to the Catholic clergy. Many Americans do not believe in God. No one should be pressuring them to make a pledge to something that is “under God.”
Also, a pledge of allegiance to anything sounds anachronistic—like something Roman Legionnaires or Hitler Youth would do. (The Hitler Youth pledge of allegiance was: “I promise to do my duty in love and loyalty to the Führer and our flag.” And their entrance oath was, “In the presence of this blood banner which represents our Führer, I swear to devote all my energies and my strength to the savior of our country, Adolf Hitler. I am willing and ready to give up my life for him, so help me God.”) Indeed, the Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892, and adopted by Congress in 1945, the last year of the Hitler Youth organization, which explains why it sounds anachronistic.
I prefer the oath that I took when I entered West Point or that Presidents take when sworn in. It promises to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Loyalty to principles makes sense to me, not loyalty to a piece of cloth or to a nation as opposed to the nation’s constitution or other principles.
Recent Obama events have got me wondering about Obama and the American flag.
First there were his wife Michelle Obama’s comments about never being proud of her country until her husband was leading in the delegate count.
Then there was the Reverend Doctor Jeremiah Wright’s speeches in which he revealed emphatically what his opinion of America was.
I now tentatively conclude that Barack Obama stopped wearing the American flag lapel pin or pledging allegiance to that flag with his hand over his heart because neither is popular with the morons at his church. I suspect the morons at his church do not like the pledge phrase “with liberty and justice for all,” and that Obama figures he has to dis the pledge in some way to support the widespread black addiction to bottomless victimhood.
The morons at his church are, methinks, far too important to Barack Obama relative to the other 299,990,000 people in the country Obama wants to lead.
But wait, there’s more!
When Obama concluded that lying about what he knew and when he knew it about Wright was not getting the video off TV, he announced he was going to make a major speech about race.
What visual background did he use for that televised speech?
Would you believe eight American flags? The same American flag that he refuses to wear on his lapel or place his hand over his heart for—the same American flag he does not need because he will “show his patriotism by expressing his ideas.” He also has had the eight American flags in the visual background for other speeches since then. How much longer do you figure it will be before he walks out in front of a giant American wall flag à la Patton telling us,
I want you to remember that no Democrat bastard ever won a presidential nomination by stepping aside for his party. He won it by making the other poor dumb Democrat bastard step aside for her party.
It reminds me of the old joke about how many blacks start on the LSU basketball team.
Two at home. Three on the road. And five in the playoffs.
How many American flags does Barack Obama wrap around himself?
None when he’s ahead in the delegate count. Eight when he’s free falling in the polls.
In April, Obama began ending his speeches with the words, “God bless America.”
Barack Obama is black first and American second. Let him run for president of the NAACP.
In case anyone is interested, I do not wear an American flag lapel pin and never have. I have always put my hand over my heart when not in uniform during the Pledge of Allegiance or the playing of the National Anthem. I don’t deserve any credit for the hand over the heart, I just think there is no reason to refuse to do so.