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Posted by Martha Bridegam at November 28, 2012 12:05 AM

Remember when Michael Dukakis was smeared as unpatriotic for supporting Jehovah's Witness children in not reciting the pledge? (A good man, with all the charisma of a Romney)

Posted by JoyfulA at November 29, 2012 12:20 PM

Wat's de pledge, pliss? For us extraterrestrians? Hail Hitler?

Posted by Peter at November 29, 2012 1:17 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance

Posted by Martha Bridegam at November 30, 2012 2:05 AM

Our own happy little pocket of paradise recently had a fuss over the pledge. Some flag-wavers wanted the town selectmen and all assembled to recite it before they could get down to the far more patriotic business of fixing potholes. If they really want something sobering and evocative, there are appropriate sentiments in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. That should set the right tone.

The pledge is fatuous and infantile in any of its forms and Bellamy was a fool. The cynicism he hoped to counter was a direct result of an oligarchic boot on the neck of the country. Remove the boot and you remove the problem, but that entails something more energetic than a maudlin incantation.

Posted by Jim at December 1, 2012 9:15 AM

Probably no accident the Pledge is a subject of so many stories and jokes about children's garbling. See, e.g., http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1988-08-21/lifestyle/0060250076_1_pledge-of-allegiance-recital-i-pledge
"... According to one Orange County principal, some believe the last three words of the pledge are ''please be seated.''"

Posted by Martha Bridegam at December 2, 2012 12:36 AM
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