A Strange Brand of Allegiance

English: SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 28, 2009) Sail...

English: SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 28, 2009) Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen recite the pledge of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the USS Midway Museum. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Cutberto Orozco led the pledge of allegiance for ninety-three San Diego based service members representing thirty-two countries during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Legalman 1st Class Jennifer L. Bailey/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most Americans, and conservatives in particular, delight in standing before the flag of this nation and pledging our allegiance. But for some people allegiance apparently has a new caveat: They pledge their allegiance so long as the rest of the country agrees with who they like for President.

Many Americans spent Veteran’s Day weekend signing petitions on the White House website declaring that they want to secede from the United States. They no longer want to be a part of America. They want to disavow whatever pledge of allegiance they might have taken to this nation.

They didn’t like how the election turned out. They are discovering, perhaps for the first time, that they really don’t like democracy, and perhaps they never did. They liked it so long as their kind remained firmly in charge of things.

Democracy is fragile. It is not the natural state of politics. In nature, the fittest survive by overpowering their opponents. The powerful pulled out all of the stops in order to overturn the Obama administration. Their effort failed because they didn’t convince enough voters. Democracy is designed to level the playing field. The most disenfranchised citizen has the same number of votes as the most powerful.

These sort of “patriots” are the first in line to proudly recite the pledge of allegiance. They love to publicly read the Constitution. They are quick to accuse others of abandoning the principles on which this nation was built. But when the going got a little bit rough for them–when they weren’t able to sweep the 2012 election–suddenly they are ready to turn their back on their country.

I can hardly think of a way to show more profound dishonor to our veterans than what these people have done.

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  • Jim Wheeler  On November 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I heard about the secession petitions on a nighttime radio show last night, John. (Overnight America, with Jon Grayson) Grayson is among the most stable of the talking heads in my opinion. He said this is an every-year phenomenon, and he was having some fun with it. One caller suggested splitting the country into two parts, a Conservative East and a Liberal West. I’m guessing that even if they did they’d have a hard time governing. It’s human nature to be contentious. 🙂

    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. – Winston Churchill

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