Saturday, December 04, 2004

The Pledge and The Rock......

This nation's heritage and moral backbone weren't formed in toney Manhattan apartments or on the mean streets of the urban ghetto.

Their genesis is the potato fields and creaky wooden floors of the small rural churches and schoolhouses that formed the epicenter of the community so many decades ago.

They were formed amid the sounds of "Rock of Ages" sung by the church choir at the 10 o'clock service, the smack of erasers and the chalk dust on the school house steps and the words " I Pledge Allegiance" echoing through the hallways.

Back then the school ground screams were those of laughing children playing dodge ball or perhaps an outraged youngster whose pigtails had just been dipped in the inkwell. If the crack of a rifle was heard, it was aimed at a tin can or a squirrel and not at a classmate or a teacher.

In my grammar and high school days, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance often. Not every day perhaps but certainly often enough to know the words by heart-as did all my teachers.

And to be perfectly honest with you, I never heard one single person in all those school years complain about it. Not one who felt "uncomfortable" pressured or abused of their civil rights.

Not one.


Even some readers who will vigorously defend the ACLU's assault on the Pledge of Allegiance took part in that brief but important ceremony without a thought or hesitation, a whimper or filing a law suit. Now however, having "seen the light" I suppose, they are active, dues paying, card carrying ACLU members.

It's truly sad, what this country has come to in allowing the courts to crush the civil rights of the 90% plus majority of American who are proud of their country and their heritage and don't mind showing it. Even in my brightest non-White Horse periods, I can't begin to figure out what has happened here, or why.

In fact I can even empathize with Michael Moore's book title "Dude,what's happened to my country?" or something like that-although we have entirely different views of the changes that have taken place.

So maybe somebody, perhaps one of the ACLU supporters on the list, can explain it to me again-exactly why it's so important to keep the Pledge of Allegiance out of our schools.

And why the student in the news story below had to work for over a year to get it re-instated.

I'm open minded and listening. I realize that I'm dumb as a hammer in that regard so please-enlighten me-just one more time. I promise to write down every word and save it for the next time I get all waxed up on the subject........

Student wins support to say Pledge
Leads campaign to institute daily ritual at his high school
© 2004


A student who discovered his high school did not recite the Pledge of Allegiance has successfully led students, staff and parents through a year-long process to establish the practice.

Mike Maberry, a sophomore at Poland Regional High School in Maine, will soon be allowed to honor the U.S. flag along with other students and teachers who wish to join him, according to the Sun Journal newspaper of Lewiston, Maine.

The student plan received its final endorsement Wednesday from the school committee after a lengthy battle that began when Maberry entered as a freshman last year.

"I feel very relieved," Maberry told the Sun Journal. "And I feel very thankful for the opportunities that Poland has given me."

The school will begin its second semester with the new protocol, the paper said. During the two weeks prior to the assembly, humanities and social studies classes will use a student plan to study the Pledge, the various views and controversies surrounding it, the U.S. flag and Pledge etiquette.

"We didn't really need to vote on it," Laurie Levine, a school committee member, told the Sun Journal. "But the board certainly endorsed it. Mike is really a great kid. He is smart and articulate and respectful."

Maberry said he received harassment from peers amid a difficult process, but he also garnered support from parents and school staff. "There were some negative comments, and it was very hard to keep both sides equal," Maberry said.

After the plan passed the task force, it went through more rigorous screening and modification through a group of teachers, administrators, students and parents who meet weekly about school issues, called Poland Vision Keepers.

The final protocol makes saying the Pledge voluntary at the high school and neighboring Whittier Middle School. Prior to the first class of the day, students will be invited via the school intercom system to gather near the flag pole in the lobby to recite the Pledge.


The Liberal Avenger said...

We said The Pledge of Allegiance every day from kindergarten through 12th grade in my public school in blue Massachusetts and that is still the case here in this town to this day.

I don't see any problem with what you pointed out. The school didn't say the Pledge of Allegiance, the kid wanted them to, he did what he had to do in order to make it happen, now they say it.

Sometimes where there is smoke, there is no fire, BRT.

bedrocktruth said...

LA, it took the kid a solid year of hard work, listening to insults and cobbling ridiculous compromises just to get PERMISSION for those who really wanted to say the Pledge to be able to do so.

That's not smoke, it's an moonbat inferno of political correctness.

The Liberal Avenger said...

There was nothing preventing that kid from saying the pledge of allegiance on his own at home or even by himself as he approached the flag in the morning at school.

It strikes me as slightly odd that the school wasn't conducting a pledge of allegiance every morning already, but so what? That was the policy at the school for whatever reason.

So we have a situation where a kid is free to worship the flag (something that I find inherently ridiculous, btw), but somehow either required validation from the school in doing it or sought to have his flag worshipping experience imposed to some extent on the rest of the students at school. What else could be going on here? Would this young man's pledge to the flag be any less valid if it were conducted each morning from home? Was he any less of a patriot during the year when he wasn't reciting the pledge of allegiance at school?

Do you have any information about the mechanics of what happened in that year? Did he place the issue on the agenda at the first school committee meeting after his first day as a freshman in high school or was the "year" measured simply from the first day he was disappointed by the fact that there was no pledge?

When did he approach the school about the issue?

Let's say that he approached a school official who told him that he would have to talk to the school committee about it...

Then he went to the next monthly school committee meeting and asked about it where they told him what format he needed to present the idea in...

Then he went away and prepared his petition...

Then he attended another monthly meeting and presented his petition...

Then they school committee members accepted the petition and brought it hoe for review...

Then at the next meeting they approved the petition.

I can see this whole event working precisely as it should have and having taken some time.

Facts, facts, facts, BRT.

Show me that there was unpatriotic, anti-American moonbat obstructionism here and I will stand next to you in condemning the stupidity of this affair. If this change in school policy took the path that it should have through the school bureaucracy, then you're just thrashing.

bedrocktruth said...

"So we have a situation where a kid is free to worship the flag (something that I find inherently ridiculous, btw),"

I guess I failed to make my point in the first place, LA.

The fact that the school wasn't doing it already and the young man had to ask permission was the first disappointment.Then the fact that he, the student council, parents and the boards had to spend a full year hashing out the "problem" of allowing students to
express their patriotic views was a step beyond ridiculous and clearly demonstrates the effect of decades of moonbatism.

The clue is in your comment above.

Strange that you used the term "worship", by the way. I didn't even get into the "Under God" question.

The mere fact that a kid's right to say the Pledge of Allegience in school is disputed or questioned at all is a disgrace in and of itself-morally and Constitutionally.

To me that is the only FACT that's important here...

The Liberal Avenger said...

1. I dispute the "one year" claim. What event marked the beginning of this measured "year?"

2. I dispute the claim that he "had to seek permission to pledge allegiance to the flag." I refuse to believe that he was prohibited from pledging allegiance to the flag at his own convenience before class at school. He was forced to follow a set of procedures to change school policy to have an organized pledge of allegiance to the flag.

My take:

Just like we moonbats need to choose our battles carefully, so do you moonbat hunters. This one is a waste of your valuable time.

Much ado about nothing.

bedrocktruth said...

"He was forced to follow a set of procedures to change school policy to have an organized pledge of allegiance to the flag..."

We've worn this one out but you have effectively restated my point-essentially that the school had a policy against an organized pledge of allegiance in
the first place. Moonbat doctrine........

The Liberal Avenger said...

I disagree. We both see the same fact - that an organized pledge of allegiance wasn't occuring - but are interpreting it differently.

I'm saying it may have been an error of omission... You're saying that it was a deliberate choice.


The Liberal Avenger said...

How old is that article?

Do you have a link for it?

bedrocktruth said...

This is really bugging you for some reason. If it was a simple "error of ommission" do you have any idea why the kid would have to fight for so long and so hard to get it done?"

I don't have a link any longer. What I saved for email was just--

"Student wins support to say Pledge Leads campaign to institute daily ritual at his high school
© 2004"

So it was on WorldNet-one of your favorites-sometime this year.....

fast cash advance loan7 said...

Terrific blog. I search the internet everytime I
get a moment to find blogs. Its better than cold iced
tea and I have to visit it one more time!
I was in love with your same day cash advance blog site.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff you have here! I have a lucid dreaming site I think you might enjoy.

personal development said...

Six Steps to Success
Throughout the centuries history tells of men and women with the midas touch, who achieved greatness against what seemed insurmountable odds. To some their successes appeared to be the result of blind luck, to others the reward for hard work, but the truth about the successes of men such as Andrew Carnagie and Henry Ford is much more interesting.

Success is a state of mind to which all people should aspire. Like many others you can unlock te gate to achievement and the fulfilment of yor personal desires. With the six steps outlined below anyone can arrive at a set destination, with the added advantage of renewed self-confidence and secure in the knowledge that every goal is attainable.
Step 1. Desire
The key factor involved in the process of achieving any desire lies in the response of one's mind to the objective. If a complacent attitude is apparent then there will be a lack of enthusiasm leading to failure or only half-success.
If a goal is to be reached determination is needed to carry set plans through to a successful conclusion. This determination must have enough mental 'weight' behind it to propel you forward onto the road of achievement. This mental state can only be instilled by one thing - desire!
As can be easily seen, when we look around us, it is this desire-force that has launched mankind on his frenzied zest for ever-new knowledge and has enabled him to push back the boundaries of science to never dreamed of achievement.

It is this same desire-force that must be used in our business and personal affairs if the success we seek is to materialize. It is not very hard to develop this kind of desire for all you have to do is go after what you really want - its that simple. With this desire you will have all the persistence you need to accomplish your goal. There is a great saying "you never fail until you give up"!
Take heed of what Napoleon Bonaparte said "What we ardently and constantly desire, we always get".

Step 2. Goals
If success is to come your must realise what is expected to materialize. This statement may seem obvious at first but if careful thought is given its meaning takes on deeper significance.
Many people fail to gain satisfactory results from their endeavours because they did not know what they wanted to accomplish in the first place. Your objective must not be hazy or incomplete. Before you reach your goal you must be able to identify how your life will be different when you achieve it. You must know exactly what it is that you want to achieve. How will your life be better/different? How will you feel? What way will you look? What situations will you find yourself in? Will other people in your life be effected and if so how will they react? You need a clear definite picture in your mind of what the attainment of your goal will mean to you.

Step 3. Belief
Belief is the back-up system of desire. It keep the fires of enthusiasm burning and makes us continually strive to get nearer the goal attainment. Faith can truly move mountains; the mountains of fear, inferiority, worry and low self esteem - 'the success killers'!
Once a goal is firmly fixed in mind and our desire-force is hurtling us toward seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the firm belief that we can gain a favourable outcome can spur us on to victory. When the mind has been manipulated to reflect this state, wonderful physical results can ensue, producing symptoms of success in our lives in every area imaginable.
Although many can attest to the power of belief and to the wondrous accomplishments that were achieved through nothing else except faith, it still remains that many individuals find it hard to believe that a positive outcome will be forthcoming when they are faced with momentous opposition. Whether the opposition is mental or physical the fact that nothing seems to be going right and everything seems to be wrong is enough for even the strongest of us to 'throw in the towel'. But it is in these very situations that faith can conquer all. Faith in yourself, what you are doing and belief that that your objective will be reached.
There are some who bemoan "easier said than done". This is exactly the kind of mental attitude that sustains the problems that they are trying to eradicate. If your belief power is not apparent, take hope for it can be acquired.
Each morning and night recite your intentions from a written list of your goals. Voice your belief in your own abilities. Tell yourself that in due course you will be successful. As you go about your daily affairs reflect as often as possible on your goals and affirm that they are yours now. Fool your mind into believing it and you will see your world reflect it!

Step 4. Plan
Having decided upon your goal and being determined to build your faith you need to give your desire-force a 'vehicle' through which it may materialize. This 'vehicle' will take the form of a definite plan of action.
Do you need to acquire certain skills? Do you need to know certain people or be in certain places to help you achieve your goal? Make a plan that will help you get closer to your end objective. Research your desires and get clear on what you need to do. Then do it!
Ensure that your plan is workable and realistic for you. Although your plan should remain flexible so that changes can be made when appropriate only make changes after careful consideration. Trial and error will eventually show the way to a good plan although you should be open to intuition also.
However, I should point out that, it is very likely your goal will materialize in a most unexpected way. The fact that you have set a plan for its accomplishment tends to set things in motion and like a chain reaction (or the butterfly effect) subtle changes made by you may cause dramatic changes elsewhere and your goal may come before your plan is completed.

Step 5. Visualization
Visualization is the art of creating mental movies of your completed goal. This has many beneficial effects upon your consciousness. Without going into the deeper esoteric benefits of using this art let me just say that you are truly designing your life when you use it. It has one other major benefit - it strengthens your desire and persistence because you momentarily experience the thrill of having achieved your goal!
Just form a mental picture of having achieved your goal. See what you will see. Feel how wonderful it will be. See how it effects everyone around you. Hear people congratulate you. When this state is experienced nothing will stop you in your quest for your objective and thus your belief-power will also be reinforced.

Step 6. The Subconscious Mind
It is within the subconscious part of your mind that you hold all th positive and negative beliefs about yourself - your self-image. These beliefs are reflected back to you in the form of attitudes. Therefore it is from the subconscious mind that the thought of failure or success comes.

Attitudes are just mental programs and so is your self-image. They can easily be changed (yes I said 'easily'). Any attitude or belief can be changed by using the formula outlined in this article - by combining affirmations with visualization. Henry Ford used it, as did Ralph Waldo Emerson and even Arnold Swatzeneger. It is reported in some circles that a similar technique was employed by Bill Gates to build his global empire. Andrew Carnegie used it exactly as described to attain and give away multi-millions even though he was an unschooled manual worker when he started it. Carnegie's legacy can still be seen today when you freely borrow a book from any Carnegie library of which there are thousands.
If you use these six steps there is nothing you cannot achieve. Luckily we have the advantage of living in the Twentieth Century with all its new technology and innovations such as hypnosis and subliminal programming. Use these steps in conjunction with your favourite personal development system and you are assured success. hypnosis

Anonymous said...

i sell internet marketing me.

Phil "Jackass" Coel