In an effort to encourage drooling, catatonic, ignorant masses to vote for Teh Won in November, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and other retards are engaged in a campaign encouraging supporters to take pictures of themselves with their hands on their hearts and a note explaining why they support President Obama.
“Growing up, my classmates and I started every day with a ritual: We’d stand up, put our right hand over our hearts, and say the Pledge of Allegiance,” explains Alba. “To me, that gesture was a promise. A promise to be involved and engaged in this country’s future. A promise to work for liberty and justice — and for affordable education, health care, and equality — for all.”
OK, let’s examine this a bit. The text of the original pledge, composed by Christian Socialist Francis Bellamy, reads as follows:
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
After another change that included the name of our nation, Congress added “under God” in 1954. The text that has been in the US Code since then reads thusly:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible under God, with liberty and justice for all.
We could go on and on about whether the words “under God” should even be included, and whether they violate the separation of church and state… blah, blah, blah. That’s not what this post is about, so if you’re wishing to bloviate on the issue, and expect me to care, I don’t.
I do, however, want to address the pledge and its intent.
We pledge allegiance to the flag – the symbol of the United States of America and the republic for which it stands. The flag doesn’t stand for a simple democracy. It stands for the republic created by our founders.
One nation indivisible (feels sort of fake even saying these words sometimes, given the amount of division this country is currently experiencing) – the pledge is an expression to the nation that was created – a nation that came together as one country – under one flag.
With liberty and justice for all. Liberty. Freedom. Justice – equality under the law, rightfulness, lawfulness…
First and foremost, I don’t see anything in this pledge that directs us to vote for or support an individual or a leader. It’s a pledge of dedication to a nation of ideals and principles, and to somehow skew and twist it to conform to a demented pledge of allegiance to a politician is a really sick distortion.
Second, pledging allegiance to a politician smacks of the cult of personality, that worship of a “cool” leader who reaches out and draws the cattle to him.
Third, liberty and justice are not equivalent to free services for all, regardless of whether or not the providers are willing to bestow said services. Education is not a right. Health care is not a right. No matter how much these vapid Hollywood idjits blather on about equal rights, you cannot advocate the use of government force to compel one group to give up what they have worked for in order to give it to a group that hasn’t earned it and then call it justice.
Is it justice to force a doctor, who has spent 10 years in school, worked long hours, slept little, used every effort to hone his skills and be the best physician he can be, to provide a service to someone who will not pay him for said expertise? Is it fair to force said doctor to provide his blood, sweat and tears, without allowing him to set his own value for his own work, because someone else uses their need as a claim ticket?
Here’s a clue, bimbettes: any time you have to use force to give a service provided by someone else free of charge to one group, that is not justice! Any time you penalize those who have achieved and succeeded by taking away what they have by force and giving it to those who haven’t achieved the same merely because they have more, that’s not justice!
And yes, education, as desirable as it is for everyone, is also a service. It is provided by someone to someone.
Force ≠ Justice.
Need ≠ Legitimate Claim.
Here’s another clue, bimbettes: as women you DO have equal rights. You have the right to achieve. You have the right to succeed. You have the right to work. You have the right to make your own choices about your life. Government doesn’t have any authority to prevent you from doing so. Is life always fair? No. Are employers always just? No. Will the outcome of your work be always satisfactory? No. Nonetheless, you do not have the right to advocate the use of government force to force equality of outcome. Sometimes employers are unfair. Sometimes they’re outright jerks. And sometimes they make stupid decisions. But in this country, we have the freedom to be unfair and ignorant, as well as to make stupid decisions. We also have the right to deal with the consequences of said decisions. (Note that after hysterical losers went on an economic rampage against Chick-fil-A because of the CEO’s personal views, the company apparently changed its policies and promised to stop giving money to anti-gay groups. Government force not required, nor would it have been appreciated. And as stupid pointless as I thought your protests were, they produced results.) Employers have the right to make decisions with which you disagree, and you have no right to compel them to change using government force, while screeching about “equality.”
Equality of opportunity ≠ Equality of outcome.
Government force to promote your personal views ≠ Justice
Oh, and by the way, you have the right to contraception. You don’t have the right to force me to pay for it.
And none of it has anything to do with the pledge of allegiance – whether it’s the original text or the current one.
So please, keep your day jobs and stick to what you know: pretending to be someone else, clothes, shoes and parties.