Michigan Republican Priorities

Here’s just a perfect example of the kind of political bullshit that drives me up the wall. State Sen. Rick Jones of Michigan, who I’ve known occasionally to be a reasonable person, thinks the first priority for the new legislative session is a pointless bit of demagoguery supporting keeping “under God” in the pledge of allegiance.

Jones’s office announced Thursday that the Senator’s first legislative introduction of 2014 will be a resolution urging Congress to “forever keep” the religious reference in the pledge.

“These small yet powerful words, ‘nation, under God,’ were first spoken by President Abraham Lincoln during his Gettysburg Address,” Jones (R-Grand Ledge) said in a release. “They gave our nation strength to persevere then and are the thread that holds us together, still today,” said Jones. “Congress must safeguard these words in our nation’s Pledge as a testament to the founding ideals that led our country to prosperity.”

Every word of that is bullshit, of course, but it’s also completely pointless. Congress isn’t going to remove “under God” from the pledge. There isn’t even a hint of a thought of anyone even proposing such a thing, much less submitting a bill, much less it ever even getting a vote, much less actually passing. It’s pure demagoguery, designed to curry favor with his ignorant constituents who think it actually matters. It’s the very worst of politics.

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  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    As I’ve pointed out to a few people on Facebook who post Pledge of Allegiance related memes, the problem with “under God” is that it conflates one’s worth as a citizen of this country with belief in a deity. And it reinforces the notion of atheists and agnostics as “the other.”

  • John Pieret

    No bit of demagoguery is pointless to a politician.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Pah! Just keeping it is no longer enough! I’m submitting a bill to add “God” to the Pledge (and to money. And the flag) a bunch of times! Surely that will save us, protect us, and sanctify us! Thankfully, it’s just meaningless ceremonial deism, and will pass Constitutional muster.

  • eric

    The GOP’s laser-like focus on the economy strikes again.

  • busterggi

    Wonder if he’ll also propose sacrificing a sheep to Yahweh? The OT requires it.

    Of course the NT supposedly nullifies that according to some Jesusites but not all agree.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I’ll repeat my proposal: ask our Congressional Representatives and Senators to support a resolution denying that “under God” is any wishy-washy “ceremonial deism” but rather an affirmation of the United States’ devotion to the God of Abraham and Jesus Christ.

    How many would dare to vote against it?

  • D. C. Sessions

    The GOP’s laser-like focus on the economy strikes again.

    They’ve done everything they could to block the Obama Agenda and fortunately it’s almost completely recovered from the damage that Democrats did to it.

  • Doug Little

    DC @6,

    Yeah I’d like to see that. I’ll have the popcorn at the ready and my copy of Catch-22 just for kicks.

  • hunter

    Well, when you don’t believe in governing, you have to do something that makes it look like you’re earning your pay.

  • erichoug

    It’s a stupid argument made by stupid people. The words themselves even negate the very next word of the pledge!. Not to mention the whole liberty and justice for all thing.

    I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

  • eternalstudent

    Ironic that “Under God” divided “One Nation Indivisible” …