Patriots and “The Pledge”

From Yahoo News 10/07/2010

“TUPELO, Miss. – A Mississippi judge jailed a lawyer for several hours for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, ordering the attorney to “purge himself” of contempt by standing and repeating the oath like the rest of the courtroom.

After Oxford attorney Danny Lampley spent about five hours in the county jail Wednesday, Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn let him go free. Lampley, 49, was released so that he could represent another client, the judge said in a later order.

Lampley told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal he respected the judge but wasn’t going to back down.

“I don’t have to say it because I’m an American,” Lampley told the newspaper. “I’m just not going to back off on this.”

AP reported that ” Lampley’s silence infuriated some in the small town of Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis with a population of about 35,000.

“I thought he was a disgrace to the United States,” Bobby Martin, a 43-year-old self-employed maintenance worker, said of Lampley. “If he can’t say that in front of a judge, he don’t deserve to be here” in this country.”

It never ceases to amaze me when those who refuse to recite the pledge are persecuted and labeled “Un-American” , when the original intent of the pledge goes against everything America stood for at the time when it was written-webmaster

According to PAC in Law.Org :

“In 1892, a socialist named Francis Bellamy created the Pledge of Allegiance for Youths’ Companion, a national family magazine for youth published in Boston. The magazine had the largest circulation of its day with a circulation around 500,000. Two liberal businessmen, Daniel Ford and James Upham, his nephew, owned Youths’ Companion.

One hundred years ago the American flag was rarely seen in the classroom or in front of the school Upham changed that. In 1888, the magazine began a campaign to sell American flags to the public schools. By 1892, his magazine had sold American flags to about 26 thousands schools.

In 1891, Upham had the idea of using the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America to promote the use of the flag in the public schools. The same year, the magazine hired Daniel Ford’s radical young friend, Baptist minister, Nationalist, and Christian Socialist leader, Francis Bellamy, to help Upham in his public relations work. Bellamy was the first cousin of the famous American socialist, Edward Bellamy. Edward Bellamy’s futuristic novel, “Looking Backward”, published in 1888, described a utopian Boston in the year 2000.

The book spawned an elitist socialist movement in Boston known as “Nationalism,” whose members wanted the federal government to national most of the American economy. Francis Bellamy was a member of this movement and a vice president of its auxiliary group, the Society of Christian Socialists. He was a baptist minister and he lectured and preached on the virtues of socialism and the evils of capitalism. He gave a speech on “Jesus the Socialist” and a series of sermons on “The Socialism of the Primitive Church.” In 1891, he was forced to resign from his Boston church, the Bethany Baptist church, because of his socialist activities.”

Many ultra-liberals have a very big problem with the words “Under God” in the pledge, which did not get added until the Eisenhower administration was in office.  I have no problem with the words “Under God”, but rather the words “Indivisible”. As Daniel McCarthy writes on Lew Rockwell.Com:

What is notable about the history of the pledge is the conjunction of socialism and nationalism. There’s nothing overly socialistic about the wording of the pledge, after all it mentions God and notably does not include any reference to equality. On the other hand the pledge is explicitly nationalistic, going so far as to call what was once a confederation of sovereign states “one nation…indivisible.”

At face value it might seem that only an unreconstructed “neo-Confederate” could object to the word “indivisible.” Walter Williams, for example, refuses to say that word during the pledge. But it’s not just because he is a Southerner. Rather he knows that the Founding Fathers – or at least the anti-federalists like George Mason – would never recognize any republic as “indivisible.” The United States were born in an act of secession, after all. An act of treason, in fact, which makes the notion of a pledge of allegiance more than a little ironic. If our revolutionary forefathers had had the kind of loyalty ethic embodied by the pledge, there wouldn’t be an America for anyone to pledge allegiance to.”

The utimate checks and balance system to keep the federal government from becoming too intrusive was the right for states to secede. Many politicos and talk show hosts claim that the “Civil War” took care of the question of secession but they fail to mention that West Virginia became a state by “seceding” from Virginia but I guess that was okay since it was coerced out of Virginia so it could join the Union.

co·erce  (k-ûrs)

tr.v.co·erced, co·erc·ing, co·erc·es1. To force to act or think in a certain way by use of pressure, threats, or intimidation; compel.

2. To dominate, restrain, or control forcibly: coerced the strikers into compliance. See Synonyms at force.3.

To bring about by force or threat: efforts to coerce agreement

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  1. While we are dealing with items within the vicinity of Patriots and “The Pledge” Across Our Confederation, Although we all have an understanding of what law is, and generally why it’s appropriate that it should be in place to serve and regulate our conduct in society, we seldom think of what law actually means in an everyday context. What is law for the average Joe in the street? How does law impact on our lives from day to day? Indeed, is the law a distant concept with which we find it hard to relate? In this article we will look at some of the fundamental ways law operates in society, in addition to the nature of the law as we know it.

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