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Romney’s False Allegiance

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False patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels. Romney wallowed in false patriotism on Saturday 9-08-2012 and proved he is a scoundrel.

Three days before the 11th anniversary of the worst ever, foreign attacks on the Republic, Willard maligns President Obama’s patriotism and integrity by venally and unscrupulously desecrating the Pledge of Allegiance. This took place in Virginia Beach. As Ashley Parker reports on September 8, 2012, Romney did not merely recite or sing patriot words and phrases, “he metaphorically wrapped his stump speech” in the Pledge of Allegiance and used “each line of the pledge to attack President Obama.”

Willard declared: The “pledge says ‘under God I will not take ‘God’ out of the name of our platform. I will not take ‘God’ off our coins, and I will not take God out of my heart. We’re a nation bestowed by God.” He is correct the Pledge says “under God.” These words were inserted by Congress in 1952 when America was panicked by fear and loathing of “Godless Communism.” God was not in the Pledge written by Francis Bellamy in 1892 which stated: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” This expresses loyalty to the national flag and the American Constitutional Republic. God was also absent from the Pledge adopted by Congress in June 1942. The official, congressionally approved version of the Pledge said, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” So for fifty years, Americans were able to express loyalty to the Republic without in anyway paying homage to the God of the Prophets so beloved of professing Christians. It took rampant paranoia to change this regardless of constitutional stipulations and implications to the contrary.

Furthermore, Willard’s assertion that “We’re a nation bestowed by God,” patently absurd. The Founders and the Framers of the American Republic were Enlightenment intellectuals who if they believed in God at all, believed in the God of the Philosophers. The God of the Prophets extolled by Willard was regarded by most of the Founders and the Framers as at best a metaphor for the creative process and at worst a crude anthropomorphic superstition. Of the four presidents on Mt. Rushmore, Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln are widely known not to have been formal practitioners of any sectarian denomination. Jefferson and Lincoln have been denounced as atheists.

Washington expressed approval for religion as a support of good government to Washington rejected a sentence, written by Alexander Hamilton, asking “does it [national morality] not require the aid of a generally received and divinely authoritative Religion?” Washington seemingly did not think so.

TR took part in the Dutch Reformed ritual, loudly singing the hymns. Doctrine or abstract theology did not interest him, nor did formal philosophy as such seem to interest him in the least. He was ecumenical in his views. He thought churches should not fight with each other, and he was quite content to attend services in any church. TR’s motivating ideal is best expressed by this statement – “Our aim is to recognize what Lincoln pointed out: The fact that there are some respects in which men are obviously not equal; but also to insist that there should be an equality of self-respect and of mutual respect, an equality of rights before the law, and at least an approximate equality in the conditions under which each man obtains the chance to show the stuff that is in him when compared to his fellows.” This is a profoundly American perspective and a strikingly secular one as well. Interestingly it is derived from the thinking of one of the presidents often accused of atheism.
It is worth noting, that James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, was utterly unaffiliated with sectarian creeds and widely acknowledged to have a Deistic philosophy. Therefore, the Father of his Country, the Author of the American Creed, the Father of the Constitution, the Savior of the Union, and the soft-speaking wielder of the big stick are conspicuously devoid Taliban-like fundamentalism so rampant among Republican candidates and officials today. This is a clue to the utterly ludicrous nature of Willard’s initial slander.

One should also note that neither President Obama nor any prominent Democrat has ever suggested removing “In God We Trust” from American coins. Of course, the Romney campaign is insistent that it will not be dictated to by fact-checkers. It also thinks truth is merely another name for whatever appears political advantageous or whatever delusion is strongest among its supporters or potential supporters.
Mr. Romney went on to address the part of the Pledge that refers to the nation as “indivisible.” He stated: “I will not divide this nation, “I will not apologize for America abroad, and I will not apologize for Americans here at home.”

Willard did this with a straight face despite running thoroughly discredited ads falsely appealing to White Fright over welfare, impugning the patriotism and even the citizenship of the duly elected president, declaring that corporations are people, relegating women to second class status, supporting “papers please” laws, endorsing voter suppression laws and regulations, mau-mauing senior citizens with lies about the Affordable Care Act and his own proposals. Both in his campaign launch book and incessantly on the campaign trail, Willard rails against a fictitious “apology tour” by the president. It seems what has actually been said and done by President Obama is neither convincing nor relevant to charges Willard makes against President Obama.

As to apologizing and dividing, Willard made this outrageous slander despite this clear statement in Charlotte only two days previously: “We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.

As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government.” Where is the divisiveness toward or the disrespect for America and Americans? There is none! These assertions by the president are not unique to his speeches and avowals; they are simply the most proximate to Willard’s recurrent canard on this topic. If Willard actually understood and believed in the ideals expressed in the Pledge and the Preamble, he would recognize and acknowledge the president’s convictions and spare himself the embarrassment of transparent untruths.

Next Willard said, – For the nation to have liberty, “We must have a military second to none, so strong no one would ever think of testing it.” The standard line being pushed by Willard is that the sequestration cuts will require massive scale backs in military equipment acquisition and repair, and will have a devastating effect on force structure. According to Outside the Beltway.com, “Prior to the supercommittee’s failure, the defence budget was slated to increase some 23% between 2012 and 2021. Now, according to Veronique de Rugy, the Pentagon will have to make do with a 16% boost. According to Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, defense funding would fall by 11% in real terms from FY2012 to FY2013, and then grow by slightly more than the rate of inflation for the rest of the decade. Or to put it another way, the “sequestration will return defense spending in real terms to its FY 2007 level, the next to last year of the Bush administration, when no one was complaining about devastating levels of spending.” Note that the sequestration is a direct result of Republicans on the supercommittee adamantly rejecting any measures to increase federal revenues. Willard is blaming President Obama for a consequence of Republican intransigence and obstruction! Furthermore, he is peddling the fallacious notion that what the sequestration calls for is reneging on a commitment to a strong military. This is not only false; it is illogical. Consider even with the sequestration cuts (which are really only reductions in the rate of growth of defense spending); according to Outside the Beltway.com the U.S. defense budget will far outstrip that of any other country in the world: “America spends as much on defence as the next 17 countries combined (most of whom are American allies). America’s main competitor for the title of most profligate is China, which spends about 17% as much as America on defence. That number will continue to grow, but to give you a sense of where China stands in relation to America, look at its big military accomplishment from this year: the successful refurbishment of an old Soviet aircraft carrier, its first. America has 11 aircraft carriers, another in construction, and one more in reserve.” Once again, Willard’s scurrilous accusations and snide slanders are based on some fantasy creature, not the duly elected 44th president of the United States.

Next Willard declares his belief “in a nation under God, a nation indivisible, a nation united, a nation with justice and liberty for all.”
However, Willard has repeatedly advocated or endorsed laws and proposed laws which make breathing while Latino a grounds for reasonable suspicion, impel shoot to kill responses to real or imagined dangers, reduce women to dependents of officials regarding contraception and their reproductive choices, bash unions, deprive needy children of food, proper funded schools, and health care, and finally, deny innocent young people who were came to America as children a pathway to citizenship. Where is the justice in any of these measures promoted by Willard and his party?

As to liberty, Willard and the Republicans advocate, enact and defend restrictive and patently unnecessary laws and election regulations that impede and impair the franchise for 10% of Americans. Willard lauds efforts to deprive American citizens of the effective exercise of their constitutional right to vote and simultaneously claims to believe in a nation with liberty for all! Why are Willard and the Republicans doing this?

“Two words: electoral math. Some GOP insiders believe that within the next two to three presidential election cycles – 2020, 2024 – states like Georgia, South Carolina, Arizona and Texas, long Republican strongholds, could be tossups. Florida, currently a swing state, might soon be as Democratic as New Jersey. When you take into account that the populations of those states are growing faster than the rest of the country, you can almost understand why the Republicans are desperate. Imagine the entire east and west coast and most of the southwest in Democratic control. As John Lennon once sang, it’s easy if you try.” [http://spiritofaprogressive.blogspot.com] These laws and Willard’s advocacy of them are completely incompatible with “liberty for all.” Every American who’s right to vote is jeopardized by the Republican machinations against a contrived and nonexistent threat to election integrity is transformed into a serf, not a citizen. On August 6, 1965, Lyndon Johnson sagely declared: “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” Impairing the franchise of any American citizen, impedes America’s progress toward a more perfect union and the prospect of truly being one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Nonetheless, Willard is not only comfortable with doing so, he champions doing so.

Finally, Willard said, “we’re going to have to have a new president that will commit to getting America working again, that will commit to a strong military, that will commit to a nation under God that recognizes that we the American people were given our rights not by government but by God himself.” Contrary to Willard’s self-serving assertion, America already has a president committed to “getting America working again.” What it lacks is Republicans in Congress who practice responsible governance. The commitment to a strong military is alive and well under President Obama who stated once again on September 6, 2012, – “And tonight, we pay tribute to the Americans who still serve in harm’s way. We are forever in debt to a generation whose sacrifice has made this country safer and more respected. We will never forget you. And so long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known.” President Obama has never wavered from this commitment. Accusations to the contrary notwithstanding, his documented positions and actions support military supremacy and also, insist on caring for military personnel on the battlefields and upon their return home. In this as in other issues, Willard is substituting his fantasy for the real 44th president.

Willard flaunts his ignorance of and/or disregard for the Constitution of the United States with this God besotted remark: we need a president “that will commit to a nation under God that recognizes that we the American people were given our rights not by government but by God himself.” Wrong – we the people need a president that will “preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic, and bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” This includes a president who will maintain the wall of separation between church and state, prevent the establishment of religion and guarantee all Americans the free exercise of religion, including the exercise of a nonsectarian, irreligious, philosophic way of life. The civil rights guaranteed American citizens of the Republic are ordained and established by human beings. They are in no way divinely granted. This is indisputable in our history and unmistakable in our constitution. Willard’s delusive opinions to the contrary do not change this unassailable truth.

Individuals, societies, and nations define them either by the best that is truly in them or the worst that is falsely believed of them. The Pledge of Allegiance, in its original and initially adopted version, expressed the best that is in America and the version approved by congress in 1942. Willard and his supporters are not content with the actual content of our founding documents. They are dismissive of the real, clearly stated American political principles and purposes. They reject the best within us and strive to supplant it with their false notions. This happens because Willard’s true allegiance is not to any convictions, but solely to his rapacious ambitions. What Obama critic Richard J. Hodge said of Republicans generally applies even more forcefully to Willard: “The Republican Party’s opposition to the Obama Administration has nothing really to do with conservatism or liberalism. The Republicans simply wish to seize power again, and they will apparently say anything toward that end.” [http://harpers.org/archive/2010/10/hbc-90007615]

Through these numerous, scurrilous, slanders, Willard persists in the tradition he adopted at the start of his campaign and followed during the Republican primaries. By wrapping this drivel in the patriotic cloak of the Pledge, Willard confirms Samuel Johnson’s assertion that [false] “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” In the long saga of American political discourse and dispute, Willard’s phony patriotic rant is perhaps unequalled and almost surely never surpassed. Willard is false through and through and he is neither a true patriot, nor a person of sufficient character to faithfully discharge the responsibilities of the United States Presidency. He is a con artist and he is an inveterate liar.

In contrast to Willard’s bogus patriotism, ponder the closing remarks of a true American patriot and superb leader:

“I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder, but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer, but we travel it together. We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.” President Barack Obama on September 6, 2012.
The accompanying video serves as a refresher on the actual ideals expressed in the Pledge even in the form marred by theocratic intrusion.

The video will refresh our understanding of the ideals actually expressed in the Pledge even in the form marred by theocratic intrusions.

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