CORRECTION – The Pledge is a Political Weapon!

CORRECTION – The Pledge is a Political Weapon!

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So says two HAMPDEN Maine Council Members. I had to read it twice myself. They refuse to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance because they believe it’s being used as a political weapon. How, you ask? They won’t answer that question.

That’s right. As some do, they simply make a statement to justify their crazy, ludicrous actions, even when they have nothing to stand on, and expect you to believe what they’re saying. They actually think they are making a statement, but can’t tell you what “statement” it is. Looks like we’ll just have to guess since they won’t respond.

I grew up in Massachusetts and visited Maine frequently. It was a very different universe up there. Most of them believe you should be allowed to do just about anything you want to on your own property as long as you don’t infringe on the rights of you neighbors. And I do mean anything (though that’s a story for another day)!

One of my curiosities is that this Council had not been reciting the Pledge of Allegiance until this past January. They saw no need for it? Doing a little more research it seems that they felt it was pushed on them by the Hampden Association of Land Owners.

Apparently the Pledge has been on the agenda forever, but the Council had decided they didn’t really need to do it, even though they never really came out publicly and stated it. Eventually landowners started putting pressure on the Council to start off the meeting with the 20 second pledge. At first, the Council refused but then bowed to pressure and started in January.

The two Council members sitting down said they refused to bow to pressure. What pressure? Pressure to do the right thing? Really?

I’m just too confused here. HAMPDEN, Maine has been around forever. Their Council has been around forever! Yet in all these years they never thought to respectfully pledge allegiance to the flag of these United States? Well, united except for apparently Maine!

Isn’t it ironic that the initial rebellion against England started in New England, where Maine was part of Massachusetts. The men and women from New England fought for our freedoms, died for our freedoms, and knew what the flag meant with the formation of this country! Now have a new rebellion in Maine against the flag of our own country?!

These two very selfish (and don’t give me the freedom of speech garbage) veterans themselves don’t see the dishonor they do to the many that have fallen in service to our country to give them the right to be “jackwagons”!

That city is protected by men and women who signed up and pledged allegiance to this country and the flag. That town is protected by American soldiers. Their rights are protected by the Constitution of these United States.

Where that flag flies is a sign that that “area” is protected by the American Government (at one time that really meant something).

These guys are upset because the American citizens who elected them to do a job, want them, and are pressuring them, to pledge allegiance to the flag and to the country that affords them the ability to run for and serve in office. This is a problem how?

I can “pre-write” the comments I will get on this. Yes, we have freedoms. Freedom to pledge or nor to pledge. Freedom to stand or not to stand. Freedom to run for office or not run. But, these freedoms came at a price. They have meaning behind them.

The founding fathers thought we would appreciate and treasure knowledge and family as much as they did and that would make for a different voter and a stronger county. A few of the founding fathers stated that an uniformed electorate would be a real problem for this country. Anyone who has watched a JayWalking episode with Jay Leno knows the trouble we are already in.

These two Council members think the Pledge of Allegiance is a weapon. You bet it is! The dictionary says a weapon is:
1. any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war,
as a sword, rifle, or cannon.

2. anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim

I especially like #2. When opponents come across Americans that have pledged allegiance to the flag and to the country for which it stands (the United States of America), yes, one nation, yes, under God (though we don’t give Him much time anymore), indivisible (until the current administration, but they are ultimately helping us to reunite), with liberty and justice for all. What a weapon against tyranny, oppression, and socialism!

Yes, it’s a weapon. It’s a threat to those who would do us harm! It lets everyone know that you will stand up for the rights of the rich and the poor, for moronic council people in Maine and patriots in Pittsburgh. It’s a pledge that you will defend this country and its principles to the end.

We are seeing more and more of this kind of tomfoolery. Eugene, Oregon stopped saying the Pledge stating it was “too divisive”! Another town in Colorado stopped because it took too much time! Are we serious?

The founding fathers sacrificed years of their lives and lost much (lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.) Yet, the people we’ve elected can’t take 20 seconds at the beginning of a public meeting to pledge allegiance to the country they’re serving?

America, pay attention or you’re gonna lose it!

UPDATED – I wrote that it was Bangor, However thanks to a listener I was corrected, It was HAMPDEN. Check out the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7NMBaOEGbk&list=PLXibfYJR5bCdcVm8vlMIeb07RmA8UYdhH#t=99

  • Phaenius

    I
    notice that the pledge says “LIBERTY,” and I am aware that
    “GOD” was just introduced into the pledge rather recently. But I
    never appreciated the word LIBERTY until I discovered it in a book by John
    Locke called the TWO TREATISES OF GOVERNMENT, in the second Treatise. He was
    saying that suicide is NOT LIBERTY but LICENSE because GOD (or CREATOR) put us
    on this earth to LIVE, and we do not have a moral right to quit our station
    before the time. In that we do not have the moral right to off ourselves before
    the time, it is a right we do not possess to delegate to another, to have some
    arbitrary decision over whether we live or die. In other words, according to
    Jefferson that he mentored by that book, we have inalienable or unalienable
    rights (one or the other of the terms were used in either in Jefferson’s draft
    or the committees replacement for what Jefferson wrote in his original draft)
    to LIFE, and LIBERTY is that freedom to arrange our lives to secure that
    innocent life, and property or right to property and all that it appertains to
    provide that necessary for the maintenance of that innocent life. So any definition of Liberty must contain as
    much of this as possible….so here goes:

    LIBERTY
    is that American subset of freedom to do that which is right in the sight of
    GOD.

    To
    bring in GOD, as is found in the Pledge is a necessity because twice in the
    Proverbs of the Bible that is the basis of the virtues found among our precious
    national documents it says, “there is a way that seemeth RIGHT unto a man but
    the ends thereof are the ways of DEATH.”
    So a good citizen who is righteous according to the GOD of America will
    be able to arrange his life in a manner pleasing to Him and to the establishing
    of a good and virtuous life who as a citizen is self discipline…the necessity
    that has to be found in a constituency of our nation in that our
    Republic is a fragile thing. As a means
    of peace, Christians are obligated to allow all others to find in whatever
    worldview the fellow citizen has of tenets that may emulate the virtues found
    in the Bible. Mercy is also a Biblical
    virtue that allows peace among and toward those diverse until they come to the
    truth of the Bible, for it is not uncommon for the “heathen” to righteously
    chasten an attitude among the righteous by behaving honorably more so than the
    careless practice of a believer of the scriptures. Romans 13:3 tells the Christian to obey every
    statute of a God ordained authority in their lives, with the caveat “for rulers
    are not a terror to GOOD works but for the evil.”

    Now that we know that the American Freedom is not RAW
    freedom, what, then would be a workable definition of LICENSE?

    LICENSE is that complementary subset of freedom to do that
    which is deleterious to innocent life, and at best indifferent to the
    protection of innocent life.

    Bandy these two definitions around and with a knowledge of
    that vast corpus of early American writings that supports generally these
    concepts of what America stands for in its origins, and maybe we will get some
    of the LIBERTY again…the freedom to do that which is RIGHT but that which is
    RIGHT in the sight of God, the error of non compliance being the destruction of
    the Jewish people who were careless in how they behaved toward there/our
    God. Second chance is always an attribute
    of God in dealing with peoples. Let us
    find such mercy by taking advantage of it.

  • Terry Cornell

    Yes, it is a political weapon. It was created just after the Confederacy lost the war in 1865 to help make people accept that the Federal Government was more powerful than the states that created it. You see, we are NOT “one nation” under God or any other way. We are a group of Sovereign States that banned together for our common good. We need to start remembering that and take back the powers that were stolen from the states.

    • David Cheney

      This pledge was written in 1892, not after the “Civil” war, by socialist Francis Bellamy. It was originally said with the right arm extended upward and outward, the same as the Nazi “Sieg Hell” salute. It is a fascist statement of fealty to the state and not a statement of love for America!!!

  • menjo

    This needs to go around the country again & again!

    On you tube
    Red & The Pledge
    Red Skelton dissects and explains the Pledge of Allegiance

  • Ray Burke

    No person who refuses to recite our Pledge of Allegiance on all appropriate occasions should not be allowed to hold any public office.