Of Course, Those Who Hate America Won’t Like This
Bill Quick

Oklahoma Bill Would Require Pledge of Allegiance in Schools

Oklahoma legislators, fighting against political correctness and initiating a battle for traditional American values, will consider various bills implementing a shift toward those traditional values when they return to the Capitol on Feb. 3.

One bill offered by Republican Sen. Rob Standridge of Norman, would require Oklahoma’s public elementary schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day. The bill would also allow students opposed to doing so to be exempted. Another requirement of Standridge’s bill would be the requirement that every public school own and display a U.S. flag.

I did this every school day of my life from first through sixth grade as Washington Elementary in Muncie.  I don’t recall that I, or any of my fellow students, were the worse for it.  I also did it at the start of every meeting of my Cub and Boy Scout troops.

Of course, most Americans loved their country back then.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Of Course, Those Who Hate America Won’t Like This — 4 Comments

  1. I always thought it was kind of creepy, myself. The contrast between what we were told about “the land of the free” and the sight of a bunch of schoolchildren forced to stand and recite in unison just made the school look hypocritical to me.

    If you don’t stop the vile progs from hammering anti-American ideas into kids’ heads, making them say the Pledge of Allegiance every day won’t prevent them from turning into another generation of liberal fascists. Thinking you can fight ideas with rituals is classic conservative delusion. It borders on cargo-cult policy. Back when we said the Pledge, people were more patriotic, so if we make people say the Pledge now, they’ll be more patriotic again.

    • I think you’re considerably younger than I am, Kyle. Back then, almost nobody thought that reciting the pledge was creepy, or had fascist overtones. Actually, in the fifties, people damned well knew what fascism was – and it wasn’t us. Not then, and not yet.

      I also don’t buy into the notion that you can’t “make” school children do things. That’s what school is all about – making them learn, whether they want to or not. In fact, that’s one of the big places American education went off the rails – when it decided it was more important to make the kids feel full of self-esteem, rather than full of actual knowledge.

      Now, we probably would agree on what they are making them learn these days…but just because they are being forced to learn bad stuff doesn’t invalidate the principle that kids should, if possible, be taught good stuff.

  2. …Those Who Hate America Won’t Like This

    If it was done for no other reason, IMHO, this would be more than sufficient reason for such a requirement, all by itself. Sticking one in any and all America-haters’ eye is always a “good”, always in order…

    And there is nothing even faintly “creepy” about being reminded frequently – daily, while school is in session, and often enough elsewise – at a young and impressionable age, of the respect and allegiance one should feel is owed to the ideals upon which one’s Nation was founded and which it is intended to nurture and to continue.

    If there is some perceived dichotomy, real or not, between what a school teaches about America, and what the Pledge (and its recitation) is intended to convey about America, which leads to an appearance of hypocrisy, the hypocrisy falls upon the school and/or its personnel, not upon the message conveyed by the Pledge and its recitation.

    Of course you cannot command patriotism – what you can do, however (and should do, in my view), is to require frequent contact with – and, with the required Pledge, participation in the reiteration of – an ideal, which exemplifies what we wish to always work towards, and to exalt if we are able to achieve it, at least in part. Repetition – even to the point that, for many, for a time at least, it may become mostly pro forma – of that ideal’s presentation thereby enables its retention and therefore its accessibility.

  3. Who has higher self-esteem, is more narcissistic than a newborn baby. To that newborn, he is center of the entire universe and all around him are merely there to serve his every need/wish.

    A major aim of child rearing, including education, should be to knock that self-esteem down to socially tolerable levels by the time of physical maturation.

    Way too many remain infants in this regard, e.g., Obama.

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