So much for the pledge being "voluntary"
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|Mon, 07-05-2004 - 5:24pm|
Perhaps he doesn't believe in God, and rather than be a hypocrite and say something he doesn't believe, he just chose to remain silent. There is no indication that he was behaving disrespectfully, but the World Net characterizes his silence to be the utmost sign of disrespect. I suppose its considered "respectful" to say something you don't mean rather than remain silent. The article also accuses him of disrespecting the late President (this was at a memorial for the late Reagan) but Arnold had this to say about the President
""He was a great American patriot," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "I did not just admire him, I was fortunate enough to know him. He was a hero to me. Ronald Reagan called America the shining city on the hill. And by the force of his leadership and optimism, he renewed the promise of America. He had the courage to tell us that it was all right to stand tall and believe in our country, and believe in ourselves." "
Another gem from this article . . .
“Ironically, in his 1990 film "Kindergarten Cop," Schwarzenegger plays an undercover officer who poses as a substitute schoolteacher and leads his young students in a recitation of the pledge.”
Oh, this is a real gem. Does someone REALLY need to explain the concept of acting to the authors of this article ?
Also the article stated
“"Arnold swore an oath to 'absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty,' yet clearly has not done so. Then again, as governor, he swore to 'defend the Constitution of the United States,' but that hasn't stopped him from embracing 'gun control' and endorsing Dianne Feinstein's quest to make permanent the ban on semi-autos. So much for oaths. Like most politicians, it appears his primary loyalty is to himself. (David Codrea)
Ok, how is this showing loyalty to his native country ? It’s not like sang the national antem of Austira. But if his mere silence is seen as loyalty to his old country, why is Margaret Thatchers SAYING the pledge OUR flag not considered disloyalty to her country on her part ?
And what's with the grousing about his attempt to ban semi-automatics. I know of a few conservative politicians who swore to uphold the constitution, and then try to ban Wiccans from practicing their faith in the military. But you won't see any grousing about THAT in the World Net.
I usually find articles by World Net to be very biased, and full of "lies of omission" and plenty of spin, but this really takes the cake.
If as so many conservatives like to argue, the pledge is voluntary, so the congressional addition of the words "Under God" is no problem, if this is truly a voluntary excersise, WHY are they devoting an article attacking Arnold Schwartzneger for respectfully excercising his supposed right to remain silent ?
Often times when I attend religious events such as weddings, funerals, etc. I do not sing the prayers of hymns, I remain respectfully silent. I wonder if that too, is considered a sign of disrespect ?
Edited to add: Talk about blatant bias, I just clicked the link at the bottome of the article to one of their polls. The poll was supposedly to "sound off about the issue", but it was really a very skewed poll about American Independence. Honeslty, it looks more like an "Onion" parody than anything that one would find in a legitimate news publication.
Edited 7/5/2004 5:32 pm ET ET by idramamama
Edited 7/5/2004 5:35 pm ET ET by idramamama