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.