Thursday, July 01, 2010

Praying To Your Red, White And Blue Security Blanket

  Fox News, which we all have known for years, is neither fair balanced. Or truthful either. Basically it exists to reinforce right wing talking points while stirring up the base about non-existent issues.
Recently, the network, in it's effort to rile up the corporate idiocracy, incorrectly claimed a school refused to let students say the pledge of allegiance. Without going into much detail about how the pledge was written by a Christian Socialist, the recitation of the pledge is one of the  forms of brainwashing foisted upon children at the earliest age . Essentially a prayer to a piece of cloth, it is however considered important to the weak and feeble minded people who think it actually means something.
Following the erroneous report by Fox News, the school began receiving offensive hateful and potentially criminal messages from Fox News viewers. Because nothing makes one more patriotic than threatening a school board.
The whole controversy began when an initiative from the leader of the Republican Youth called for the pledge to be recited at every school. Because nothing says freedom more than being forced to mouth empty words to a piece of cloth. The student, Sean Harrington, gave an impassioned speech to the board spewing right wing cliches and talking points such as 'freedom isn't free' and other such drivel. All was in vain, though, as board members deadlocked on whether or not to pass the proposal. The school principal offered a compromise, wherein all who wished could join the principal in the school lobby before the start of each day and recite the pledge, which Harrington rejected.
"I was really heartbroken," Harrington said of the deadlocked vote. "It's hard to think that something so traditional in American society was turned down. ... It tells me that we've basically cast aside what our country is founded on."
Um, I think Mr. Harrington needs to retake American History 101, because the pledge wasn't even written until 1892. Our country was founded on the Constitution, which prohibits the establishment of a religion, which is what the idolatry based Americanism he wants to force upon all his fellow students sounds like to me. And as far as being 'something so traditional in American society', one must remember that it wasn't even until the forties that it became compulsory for students to recite it. So it's not that much of a long standing tradition.
So basically, what we have, is a school board being terrorized by right wing fanatics because some arrested developmental Republican still needs his red, white, and blue security blanket. Boy, is he in for a shock when he walks out into the real world.


Tom Harper said...

Thinking back to my high school days, when the Pledge of Allegiance was dutifully recited every morning, I can't imagine any students clamoring to recite that drivel; even if that Fox "news" story was true.

But the Pledge of Allegiance makes an excellent bogus issue for wingtards to trot out. Bush 41 used it relentlessly in his 1988 presidential campaign.

Lew Scannon said...

Yes, it definitely is an election year when they trot this tired old horse out again. Don't get mad at BP! Don't get mad about the GOP siding with Wall Street! Look! Someone wants to take away a meaningless recitation!

Anonymous said...

I like the way they blame all the problems caused by the Bush administration on the fact that no one participates in a pointless ritual.

Dave Dubya said...

The whole pledge thing reeks of forbidden idolotry. That's ok, none of the other Ten Commandments apply to Republicans anyway.

Isn't it amusing how it's important for them to hate the government that flys the very flag they worship?

libhom said...

Keeping pointing out the fact that the Pledge of Allegiance is socialist. It will drive the right bananas.

Lew Scannon said...

All the problems caused by Bush administration policies immediately became President Obama's on January 20, 2009. Didn't Michael Steele teach you anything?
To conservatives idolatry is fine, as long as it's their idols they are forcing people to bow towards.
Yes, the fact that they want children to spout socialist ideology is a hoot!