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Beck: Pledge and National Anthem are Progressive

Here’s another bizarre Glenn Beck diatribe, in which he claims that the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance are both a product of “progressivism” (a word he uses a lot that seems to mean “whatever I disagree with at any given moment”). Basically, anything done by anyone he deems a progressive — which is virtually everyone — is “progressivism” and therefore bad. Except when it’s not.

And he doens’t even mention that the pledge was written by a socialist.

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  1. says

    Now, look, everybody knows the Pledge of Allegiance is a progressive tool to brainwash our children in to Socialism* (roll film of Nazi classroom). Also, the Pledge is as patriotic as a bald eagle casserole served on paper plates made from the Declaration of Independence, and anyone who refuses to stand and recite it is UnPatriotic and hates America and Freedom and America.

     
    * SOCIALISM!!!

  2. jaxkayaker says

    “And he doens’t even mention that the pledge was written by a socialist.”

    But a Christian socialist, so it’s okay.

  3. vaiyt says

    Soon enough, he’ll brand so many things as socialist that he’ll have no choice but admit that he, himself is a Socialist.

  4. Francisco Bacopa says

    I can’t tell that Beck has a coherent thesis here. Am I just stupid or does he never have one?

  5. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    he doens’t even mention that the pledge was written by a socialist.

    It was eh?

    I would have guessed that it was written either long before the idea of socialism formed or during was the Cold War era when it was created and demanded by fervent Democratic Capitalists as a reaction against the Socialist (Stalinist) Soviet empire of the time.

  6. M can help you with that. says

    I would have guessed that it was written either long before the idea of socialism formed or during was the Cold War era when it was created and demanded by fervent Democratic Capitalists as a reaction against the Socialist (Stalinist) Soviet empire of the time.

    That (the latter) was when “under God” was added. Because nothing says “democracy” (capitalist or otherwise) like ritual affirmation of theocracy! (But as the Supreme Court says: official declarations of theocracy are completely OK as long as they’re just ceremonial and don’t offend the religious sensibilities of Real Amercans.)

  7. typecaster says

    would have guessed that it was written either long before the idea of socialism formed or during was the Cold War era when it was created and demanded by fervent Democratic Capitalists as a reaction against the Socialist (Stalinist) Soviet empire of the time.

    Turns out that’s really not the case. The word Socialism started being used to describe collectivist movements in the 1820s, and the Communist Manifesto (to cite the best-know work on socialism) was written in 1848. The Pledge of Allegiance, on the other hand, was written in 1892 by a Christian socialist (as noted above by jaxkayaker), and promoted by a guy who, among other pursuits, sold American flags. It was formally adopted by Congress in 1942. So, it neither predates socialism, nor was it a response to the Soviets.
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    On the other hand, it really winds up my rightward-leaning friends when I describe it as the government-approved mandatory loyalty oath.

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