Steve King’s Moronic Nationalism

There is nothing in politics that annoys me more than the idiotic and offensive nationalism and jingoism that is so popular on the right. Anyone who doesn't accept their simple-minded, childish notion of "American exceptionalism" is claimed to hate the country. Here's Rep. Steve King's version: … [Read more...]

American Legion ‘Supports’ Free Speech, Won’t ‘Accept’ It

An American Legion post in Illinois is withdrawing its annual contribution to activities at a public park because one of the members of the local parks commission won't stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. And they're offering this bizarrely incoherent excuse for their decision: … [Read more...]

Parent Sends Letter to School About Pledge

Terry Firma (which I assume must be a nom de blog), writes over at Hemant's blog about a letter he wrote to the school his daughter attends concerning the recitation of the pledge of allegiance by all the students. I agree with pretty much everything he says. He wrote, in part: … [Read more...]

Forget ‘Under God,’ Let’s End the Pledge Completely

As the American Humanist Association represents a Massachusetts couple challenging the inclusion of the phrase "under God" in the pledge of allegiance, Mary Elizabeth Williams argues at Alternet that we should eliminate the reciting of the pledge completely. I couldn't agree more. … [Read more...]

Ecrasez L’Infame!

With all of the obsessive coverage of the birth of the "royal baby" let me say what should be obvious: the monarchy should not exist. No monarchy should exist anywhere for any reason. And while this article goes too far -- I certainly wouldn't put the royal family in prison -- and overstates the case, there is still validity there. … [Read more...]

Moyers: Pledge of Allegiance is a Lie

I do not recite the pledge of allegiance, ever. I don't think you should either. And it isn't just because it says "under God" or because it has clear fascist overtones to it. It's also because it's completely dishonest, as Bill Moyers explains far more eloquently than I ever could. … [Read more...]

The Socialist, Nazi Pledge of Allegiance

Addicting Info points out something I have mentioned many times over the years with great amusement whenever the Super Patriots start blathering on about the pledge of allegiance: It was written by a socialist. And it was originally accompanied by a Nazi-style salute. … [Read more...]

Starnes Freaks Out About Flag Tablecloth

Todd Starnes, Fox News' Executive Vice President for Pearl Clutching, is having one of his usual tantrums about HGTV offering a tip to use a nylon American flag as a tablecloth for 4th of July picnics and celebrations. ZOMG! That's a violation of the flag code! … [Read more...]

If Russian Was Good Enough for Our Lord and Savior, Jesus…

If there is another country in the world that displays the kind of ignorance, xenophobia and nationalism that we find in huge supply in this country, it's Russia. Another example: They're now considering a law to ban the use of non-Russian words, especially American ones. … [Read more...]

Colorado Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic; Freakout Ensues

As if we needed another demonstration of the xenophobia and misology of the American right, here's a story of students in Ft. Collins, Colorado translating the Pledge of Allegiance into other languages and reciting it in those languages from time to time. Cue the outrage from the wingnuts when they got to it in Arabic. … [Read more...]

AZ Legislator Wants Religious Loyalty Oath to Graduate

From the Department of Creepy Authoritarian Ideas: A group of Republican legislators in Arizona have proposed a bill to require a loyalty oath -- complete with a promise to God -- before anyone in that state can graduate from high school. HB 4267 says: … [Read more...]

Local GOP Head Hangs Flag Upside Down

The head of the Mon Valley Republican Committee in Pennsylvania, Brent Kovac, hung an American flag upside down at that committee's headquarters on the day President Obama was inaugurated for a second term, saying he did it because it's a sign that the country is in distress: … [Read more...]