My Pledge

I’ve been suffering from serious “information overload” for several days now.

While my intention has been to research the two additional bills I added to my Featured Pages section, I haven’t had time to even look at them. This past week I was working on a couple big projects, helping the wife plan a birthday party for the now 10 year old, and following up on questions I’ve had about the current administration.

I have a lot I want to write about, but it’s all getting stuck somewhere between the frontal lobe and the pointer finger, so you’ll have to excuse me for one more night. I do, however, want to talk about a video I saw this evening.

I heard about this new “Pledge” video so I decided to sit down and watch it. To say I was shocked is a complete understatement. Forget the “big brother” tone at the beginning or the creepy “Together we will be the change that we seek” mantra at the end, it’s the content of the video that floored me.

Take a look, then I will explain.

They pledged to help children dream big, and to represent their country with pride, dignity, and honesty. They pledged to turn their lights off, to sell their obnoxious cars, and to drive slower to save more gas.

Yet none of them pledged allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

They pledged to buy hybrids, to save the environment, and to consume less and cultivate more. They pledged to smile more, to laugh more, and to love more. They pledged to fight, to become aware, and to educate.

Yet none of them mentioned a word about the Republic for which it stands.

They pledged to not give up, to defend issues they care about, and to be of service to their neighbors. They pledged to commit to their own change before they ask anyone else to change and they pledged to actually “be the change”.

Yet no one thought to mention God or liberty.

They pledged to sell a culture of intelligence instead of ignorance, and one even pledged only to flush his toilet after a “deuce” but never after a single. They pledged to end 21st century slavery, but then turned around in the same breath and pledged to be servants of Barack Obama.

Where’s the justice in that?

They end their pledge by asking “What’s your pledge? Do you have a pledge?” Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I do have a pledge.

Unlike their pledge, I do not pledge to “be the change”. I love my country and I love it’s founding principles. I respect the Constitution and believe it’s the cornerstone of our society. I do not pledge my allegiance to any one man, one cause, or one idea. I pledge allegiance to my country.

“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.”

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Respect, Responsibility & 12,000 Flags

What is it about honesty that makes some people act stupid?

In my previous post I referenced an article in the Denver Post about the recycling of over 12,000 flags that were found in trash bags after the Democratic National Convention.

Rather than just admit that someone screwed up, some nutball with the Democratic National Convention Committee has decided to lie about the whole issue.

They are now claiming that the 12,000 flags found in trash bags in and around dumpsters were “bundled” for return to the manufacturer.

What manufacturer do you know that takes back products in Hefty bags?

If they were to be returned to the manufacturer, why did they sit near the trash in trash bags for eight days?

It’s very clear that these flags were meant for the trash. All you have to do is look at the photographic evidence. In addition to the photo in my previous post, there are more at RedState.

If that one doesn’t convince you, click the link to RedState, there are more for you to see.

Why not just tell the truth? If the cleanup crew screwed up, why not just say so? Is honesty that difficult?

The Obama campaign responded with some mumbo jumbo about a plot to take the flags without authorization to make Barack Obama look less patriotic.

Honestly? What are we supposed to think? Does the Obama campaign really think we’re so stupid that we’ll believe these flags were properly taken care of? That they were destined for return to the manufacturer?

This isn’t solely about patriotism, it’s about respect and responsibility, two additional traits which seem to be foreign to the Obama campaign.

12,000 Scraps Of Cloth

As a child, I learned about our nation’s flag. I learned about its history, I learned what it means to us as a nation. I learned that our flag represents the very heart of our nation, and I learned what the flag means to those who have fought and died beneath it.

I was never taught to respect the American flag. I just did. You cannot teach respect. Respect comes naturally.

I hold our flag in great esteem. The flag, with its stripes, represents the very founding of our nation. The stars on the flag represent all of the states that have made their contribution to our great nation. Put them together and the flag represents all of the untold battles fought in the name of our country, for our freedom.

I didn’t learn to to respect the flag from a Democrat or a Republican, I grew to respect it from the lessons taught by a patriotic teacher (who may have or not have been a democrat or a republican). Respect does not belong to a political party.

The picture above shows just some of the 12,000 small flags that were simply ‘thrown away’ after use at the Democratic National Convention.

Some may argue that the flags in the photograph are nothing more than little scraps of cloth ‘made in Taiwan’. Some may also say that it’s the symbol of freedom that we fight to protect, not the physical pieces of cloth that we display. Either way, I’m sorry. I don’t accept those answers.

I have a huge issue with our nation’s symbol being manufactured in some foreign land far from our shores, but that is a topic for another post.

No matter where the flag is made, no matter what “scraps of cloth” are used to make it, and no matter how you obtained it, once you choose to display that flag, whether on your car, on a flag pole, or in your hand at a political convention, it becomes the symbol that we have fought to protect throughout our nation’s history.

When was the last time you wondered where a flag was made when you saw it waving in the wind? When was the last time you thought of flags as “scraps of cloth” when you see them waving in a crowd? Probably never. Unless of course you’re like the guy who decided to throw away 12,000 symbols of our nation’s freedom.