Too Political

Tuesday, September 16, AD 2014

I wish I were more surprised by this:

CBS Sports rejected a 30-second ad consisting entirely of a little girl saying the Pledge of Allegiance, telling the sponsor simply that the ad was “too political” to air. 

Windermere Real Estate/Tri-Cities owner Dave Retter says he thought the cute video showing his granddaughter saying the Pledge of Allegiance, shown after the anniversary of 9/11 and before the quintessentially American sport, a rodeo, would be part of the coverage of the Wrangler Champions Challenge rodeo, shown on September 14. Retter’s company was one of two companies sponsoring the broadcast of the rodeo.

The brief ad had no reference to any political party, simply consisting of a little girl with her hand over her heart reciting the pledge recited in schools across the country for decades and the words “…our future” preceding it. Despite the harmless nature and clearly positive intentions of the ad, CBS rejected it on grounds of being “too political.”

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  • Sadly, seen on Facebook. A public school somewhere in Amerika banned a US soldier in uniform from bringing his little daughter to school.

    The supply of small-arms ammunition is woefully deficient in view of the need.

  • One is reminded of the comment by Berthold Brecht, after the June 1953 uprising in East Germany. The secretary of the writers union issued a statement that “the people had forfeited the confidence of the government and could only win it back by redoubled efforts.” In response to which, Brecht observed, “Would it not be easier, in that case, for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?”

  • C ommunist
    B roadcast
    S ystem

    Other potential advertisers need to take note. Hit the new red army in accounts receivables.

  • Our minor children no longer know and understand the meaning of the virtues of patriotism, allegiance, loyalty, integrity, decency and honesty, virtues exercised through free will and freedom.
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    CBS will not allow people to be exposed to these virtues or to think and decide for themselves.
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    Karl Marx is raising up a new subclass of orcs.
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    I am glad I do not watch CBS. CBS stands for Columbia Broadcasting System. Columbia stands atop the White House dome and is the personification of freedom and of the U.S.A.
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    T Shaw: “The supply of small-arms ammunition is woefully deficient in view of the need.”
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    I cannot agree more.

  • “bleep out “under God”” Atheism imposed by orcs. “or prohibit the free exercise thereof.”

  • T. Shaw, I read the news article you’re referring to– a couple of days ago,
    Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Baker was in uniform while dropping his
    daughter off at her new school in Rochester, Michigan. The school’s security
    guard refused the Army officer admission to the school because the sight
    of the uniform ‘might offend a student’. I believe Lt. Col. Baker appealed to
    other school staff, who reiterated security’s demand…
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    (Since the incident, the Rochester Superintendent of Schools has issued a
    public apology to Lt. Col. Baker and his family.)
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    It’s curious how the apparatchiks who are so solicitous on the behalf of those
    who “might be offended” never seem to worry about the sensibilities of
    those whose worldview is more on the starboard side? CBS bans video of a
    little girl reciting the Pledge, yet their show Two and a Half Men, (which
    once starred the egregious Charlie Sheen) will apparently be ending it’s run
    with its two male leads marrying each other and adopting a child. Evidently,
    in the new normal, no one could possibly be offended by any of that– no
    one who matters, at least…

  • It’s harvest time.
    Autumn is finding its way to Northern Michigan. The leaves are just about to turn color.
    It’s time for the harvest.

    Weeds in with the wheat.
    No problem.
    The weeds will be separated from the wheat. The harvest master will see to it!
    Enjoy the sun (Son) you wheat!

  • These “sports” outfits are getting WAY too political (left).

  • They weren’t afraid it would offend Someone Else – they are offended themselves. I think some of the America haters just a a visceral reaction the rest of us can’t understand.
    Likewise The president and his friends and family don’t understand our love of America and are afraid of us. Same for Lois Lerner etal

Flag Day 2014

Saturday, June 14, AD 2014

The American democratic experiment has been successful in many ways. Millions of people around the world look to the United States as a model in their search for freedom, dignity, and prosperity. But the continuing success of American democracy depends on the degree to which each new generation, native-born and immigrant, makes its own the moral truths on which the Founding Fathers staked the future of your Republic. Their commitment to build a free society with liberty and justice for all must be constantly renewed if the United States is to fulfill the destiny to which the Founders pledged their “lives . . . fortunes . . . and sacred honor.”

Saint John Paul II, December 16, 1997

 

 

Something for the weekend.  There is only one song for Flag Day:  The Star Spangled Banner.

Here is the history behind the song:

Back when I was young and dinosaurs ruled the Earth, it was customary for the National Anthem to be played before television stations signed off for the evening.  This was always my favorite of such renditions:

Red Skelton’s immortal rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance seems called for on this day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HGHdFmu5GU

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  • Don, why do you keep referring to American democracy? There’s no such animal. We’re a republic, not a democracy.

  • Saint John Paul II referred to Democracy and not I in the above post. More to the point, words change over time. The Founding Fathers, most of whom were classically educated, abhorred the idea of democracy because of the bad press that it got in Thucydides, Plutarch, et al. Over time the term democracy has become a descriptor of government “of the people, by the people and for the people” in Lincoln’s immortal phrase. My own personal preference is that we could use more democracy in this country, in the sense of legislatures actually making laws, rather than court’s acting like super legislatures and government agencies also usurping that role. Courts and executive agencies are the true foes of popular government in our time, rather than too much democracy as feared by the Founding Fathers.

  • Stephen Dalton is correct to the extent that Democracy means a system of government where a simple majority can take away the individual right to life, liberty or property (the fruit of one’s own labor).
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    Donald is correct to the extent that Democracy refers to a representative system of government where:
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    (1) The legislature makes laws consistent with the principle of the individual right to life, liberty and property (the fruit of one’s own labor)
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    (2) The executive enforces those laws to protect individuals and families, and where the powers of both government and big business are limited.
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    (3) The judiciary makes decisions based on the Constitution being a fixed contract protecting the sovereign citizen and not a living document subjugated to the dictatorship of relativistic morality.
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    What Thucidides wrote is perhaps an ideal that we no longer have in this country:
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    “Our constitution does not copy the laws of neighbouring states; we are rather a pattern to others than imitators ourselves. Its administration favours the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy. If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences; if no social standing, advancement in public life falls to reputation for capacity, class considerations not being allowed to interfere with merit; nor again does poverty bar the way, if a man is able to serve the state, he is not hindered by the obscurity of his condition. The freedom which we enjoy in our government extends also to our ordinary life. There, far from exercising a jealous surveillance over each other, we do not feel called upon to be angry with our neighbour for doing what he likes, or even to indulge in those injurious looks which cannot fail to be offensive, although they inflict no positive penalty. But all this ease in our private relations does not make us lawless as citizens. Against this fear is our chief safeguard, teaching us to obey the magistrates and the laws, particularly such as regard the protection of the injured, whether they are actually on the statute book, or belong to that code which, although unwritten, yet cannot be broken without acknowledged disgrace.”
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    Rather, the people of the United States have become like that of ancient Israel in 1st Samuel chapter 8: “Give us a king like that of other nations.” God granted us our wish and we have that godless man of sin and depravity – Barack Hussein Obama and his wife Jezebel. History repeats itself over and over again. The problem is not Democracy or Republicanism or Monarchy. The problem is the concupiscence of man’s heart. Until the heart changes, then nothing changes. As St. JP II is quoted above to have said:
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    “But the continuing success of American democracy depends on the degree to which each new generation, native-born and immigrant, makes its own the moral truths on which the Founding Fathers staked the future of your Republic.”
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    The Democratic Party is completely opposed to this and the Republican Party is hypocritical and toothless.

  • Donald: I do not know how you do it, but I am glad that you do.
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    “My own personal preference is that we could use more democracy in this country, in the sense of legislatures actually making laws, rather than court’s acting like super legislatures and government agencies also usurping that role. Courts and executive agencies are the true foes of popular government in our time, rather than too much democracy as feared by the Founding Fathers.”
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    Much like the prodigal son, Congress has spent our privilege, its power, in non-essential ways, handing our freedom over to tyrants on every level.
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    For instance: Congress never voted on the HHS Mandate. No American citizen ever voted for or against the HHS Mandate, not anybody. Therefore, the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional, having not been ratified by the people or the voice of the people in Congress.
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    The HHS Mandate was added after Congress had passed the ACA known as Obamacare, in the stealth of the night, because Congress allowed that anything can be changed in the bill at any time by anyone, making the citizens voiceless subjects under the existing regime. All bills passed have this open ended requirement. Thus, Congress forfeited the will of the people and the balance of power in government. Why should Hobby Lobby obey a law that was never a law? The HHS Mandate was never passed by the voice of and the will of the people. Whatever the HHS Mandate is, it is not a law passed by Congress and the will of the people.
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    Now, the Supreme Court is being abused to impose an unconstitutional contrivance on the American People. Who in heaven and on earth gave Sebelius, or even Obama, the power to write law for the nation, using their own personal opinion to impose decrees and penalties? The people never gave Congress that authentic authority to ostracize the American people from participation in our Republic.
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    Even if the HHS Mandate decreed that all American Citizens must have one ice cream cone every day, the law was never passed by Congress. The HHS Mandate is not a law. Whatever the HHS Mandate is, it is not a law passed by Congress and the will of the people.
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    Heaven knows American citizens and our tax dollars have helped any one in need around the globe. All of American generosity was voted for by the people through Congress. Extorted charity is stealing and does not happen in any democracy or Republic.
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    The HHS Mandate was not put to a vote in Congress, nor was the Mandate put on the ballot and therefore the HHS Mandate is not a law.
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    The same goes for prayer ban, the destruction of the living human being in the womb, our constitutional posterity, and the absolute mockery of human beings by denying their rational, immortal souls, created in innocence and virginity, male and female.
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    First, acknowledge God, next the sovereign person and then, and only then, proceed with government.

  • Donald M McClarey

    Words do, indeed, change their meaning over time

    Rousseau’s idea of democracy was drawn from the Landesgemeinde of his native Switzerland, as described by Lord Acton, “The idea was that the grown men met in the market-place, like the peasants of Glarus under their trees, to manage their affairs, making and unmaking officials, conferring and revoking powers. They were equal, because every man had exactly the same right to defend his interest by the guarantee of his vote. The welfare of all was safe in the hands of all, for they had not the separate interests that are bred by the egotism of wealth, nor the exclusive views that come from a distorted education. All being equal in power and similar in purpose, there can be no just cause why some should move apart and break into minorities.

    Hence, his famous warning in the Social Contract, “As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their persons, the State is not far from its fall. When it is necessary to march out to war, they pay troops and stay at home: when it is necessary to meet in council, they name deputies and stay at home. By reason of idleness and money, they end by having soldiers to enslave their country and representatives to sell it.”

  • Back when I was young and dinosaurs ruled the Earth, it was customary for the National Anthem to be played before television stations signed off for the evening.

     
    Stations also played the National Anthem in the morning when they began broadcasting for the day.
     
    America was a different country back then.

Red Skelton, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and One Nation Under God

Thursday, November 14, AD 2013

Red Skelton and his unforgettable rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Skelton rose out of abject poverty to become one of the great comedians of his time.  His comment about the phrase “under God”  reminds us how deeply this phrase is embedded in American history:

The addition of “under God” to the pledge of allegiance in 1954 of course echoes this sentence from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Pledge was altered with that phrase of Lincoln’s specifically in mind.  The Knights of Columbus played an important role in getting the pledge changed, beginning in 1951 to say the Pledge with the phrase “under God” inserted at all Knights of Columbus functions.

Lincoln probably recalled the phrase from George Washington’s use of it in his order to the Continental Army on August 27, 1776 before the battle of Long Island:

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.

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Red Skelton, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and One Nation Under God

Monday, November 14, AD 2011

Red Skelton and his unforgettable rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Skelton rose out of abject poverty to become one of the great comedians of his time.  His comment about the phrase “under God”  reminds us how deeply this phrase is embedded in American history:

The addition of “under God” to the pledge of allegiance in 1954 of course echoes this sentence from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Pledge was altered with that phrase of Lincoln’s specifically in mind.  The Knights of Columbus played an important role in getting the pledge changed, beginning in 1951 to say the Pledge with the phrase “under God” inserted at all Knights of Columbus functions.

Lincoln probably recalled the phrase from George Washington’s use of it in his order to the Continental Army on August 27, 1776 before the battle of Long Island:

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to A Pledge

  • Nice but God didn’t get much mention.

  • Did you miss the ending Joe?

    The addition of under God to the pledge of allegiance in 1954 of course echoes this sentence from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:

    “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

    The Pledge was altered with that phrase of Lincoln specifically in mind:

    http://acheritagegroup.org/blog/?p=12

  • I just put the flag out with my two sons and we said the Pledge of Allegiance. The musical 1776 is playing on the TV. Cathy has some tasty ribs for our lunch and then our family reading of the Declaration. The Fourth is off to a traditional start at House McClarey!

  • I admit, Don, I quit watching after about 3 minutes because I figured he was through with his definitions.

Red Skelton: Pledge of Allegiance

Friday, September 25, AD 2009

One of the forgotten geniuses of American comedy, Red Skelton.  Skelton rose out of abject poverty to become one of the great comedians of his time.  As the above video indicates Skelton also had his serious side.  A remembrance of better times when students pledged allegiance to the country rather than chanting hymns of praise for a living politician.

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