Oh dear, I feel a rant coming on. Yes, again. I just read this headline “Actress Jessica Alba asks voters to pledge allegiance to Obama” and my head almost exploded. Before I even clicked the link, I was transported back to the truly creepy, truly awful Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher Stepford “pledge” to be “a servant to our president” (meaning, of course, 0):
And I remembered this bicep-kissing guy (no idea who he is, but I guess he’s someone famous to people who like that sort of thing) pledging to be “of service to Barack [weird bicep-kiss] Obama [weirdly kisses other bicep]. At the 0:51ish mark:
This put me in mind–again, before I even clicked the Alba link above–of a conversation I had with a 0-supporter on Twitter. It was some leftist who originally seemed sane, so I followed him back. Briefly. (As most of you know, I don’t follow leftists as a rule: I gave up any fantasy that they were open to any ideas but their own ages ago, and as I’m certainly and proudly not open to their commie-crazy ideas, well . . . what’s the point? Oh, I did try, for ages, to engage with leftists, but it really was just an exercise in futility, so now I don’t follow them on Twitter or even read their comments when they wander onto my blog. I just block, ignore, delete forever. Yes, I know, many conservatives still engage with them in the spirit of the great Andrew Breitbart, but I just can’t be bothered. Anyway, back to the point. . . ) This leftist guy on Twitter wrote to me in a lengthy-ish pm exchange that I should support 0 and his agenda because (get this!) the president is our “boss” (his word), and just as we wouldn’t “disobey” (his word again) our boss in the workplace, we shouldn’t (and you can’t make this stuff up) “disobey” 0.
50-foot statue of Dear Leader anyone?
Well, you can imagine my response. I pointed out that the American president is not “our boss,” that his job is not to “rule,” and that the American people pledge allegiance to no man , to no office–not even to the office of the presidency. We pledge allegiance to our flag, and to the republic for which it stands. Period. I also noted that our military and elected officials pledge to protect and defend the United States Constitution, not the president, not the office of the president.
So it turns out that Alba wasn’t actually saying, as that bicep-kissing moron and Demi Moore most certainly did, that we should pledge allegiance to 0, to a mere man, to a relative nothing in the great scheme of our beloved republic. Instead she likened pledging allegiance to our flag to pledging allegiance to communism, or at least to a version of it as expressed in the old Soviet constitution and in FDR’s commie Second Bill of Rights.
“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.”
Maybe that’s the same thing as pledging allegiance to 0? And we all know that to 0, as to all leftists, “equality” is exclusive, not inclusive. Leftists have a long list of “justices”: social justice, green justice, racial justice, and on and on. But nowhere in their list is “equal justice.” Conservatives, in this construct, aren’t “equal” and aren’t deserving, to their totalitarian beliefs, of free speech, freedom of religion, nor of any other liberty they claim for themselves. This is the danger of government-granted rights and is exactly why our Founders specified that our rights are unalienable, granted by our Creator, not by government. Totalitarian states–the regressive leftists’ ideal–do not permit true liberty, and they certainly are not built on equal justice for all. Every instance of “social” or “green” or “racial” justice is built, inherently, on injustice to others.
We know this. And as I recently posted, they know this even if their useful idiots do not. And there can be no clearer evidence of useful idiocy than of their pledging allegiance, actual servitude, to the president of these United States. Americans are not servants, obedient or otherwise, to any elected official, to any man (or woman). We are a free people, and we will, despite their best efforts, remain so.
Make no mistake about that.