Conservative TV viewers, apparently, don't have much choice any more when it comes to the national news. First it was ABC--owned by Di$ney--who, much to the conservies' chargrin, both employ gay folks AND give them benefits. The horror! [sarcasm]. So they were boycotted. And a good time was had by all. I note ABC is doing just fine, thank you--and I'm willing to bet the folks screaming the loudest still watch "Extreme Makeover: Fundie Edition" (or whichever version of that crappy show they run now.) I don't usually watch that channel much, more because, well, it's a crappy network. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" aside, there isn't a whole lot on there I'd want to see. But I digress.
So the other day, NBC ran a clip that apparently had children saying the Pledge of Allegiance. All right, it was Father's Day, time for all the cutesy crap--It was at the beginning of some stupid sports thing (sure, why not.) But--GASP-the words "Under God" were omitted, not once, but TWICE. Naturally, all the folks screaming about ABC, who apparently have nothing better to do on Sundays but watch overrated sports shows, came out of the woodwork to scream about NBC, frothing at the mouth. Screaming about "cutting out God! EDITING THE PLEDGE!! Blah blah blah". Proving once again, we're not just ignorant, but a nation of IGNORANCE. You see, it's kinda hard to edit out what wasn't there to begin with.
When Francis Bellamy started on the Plege wayyyy back in 1891-2 (yes, is IS that old), it was originally intended to help magizine subscriptions, and the sale of American Flags. It went something like this:
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Short and sweet, and intended to be spieled off in about 15 seconds or so. You'll note it sounds just a tad different than what folks recite today. It wasn't until 1942 Congress decided, hey, that'd make a good national pledge! And so they adopted it as such. And a good time was had by all.
Some time in 1948, a fellow named Louis A. Bowman thought it would be a cool idea to add "Under God" somewhere in there. He claimed to have got the idea from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address... other folks agreed it was a good idea, and in 1954 it was signed into law by president Eisenhower after much ado. While there was some criticism of the idea, it's still recited today.... And still complained about, whichever side of the fence you happen to be on.
So what's with all the craziness? Apparently Americans have forgotten history...or else can't be bothered to turn off the TV and go read a book.... And yes, I'm talking to *you*, Ms. Palin.
America is the coolest place on Earth, but if we can't get our collective asses out of our heads, we're screwed.
But...at least there is still CBS.... :-D