Worrisome priorities

Jack Kelly notes disturbing priorities in Killing us with their songs (Washington Tiomes April 17, 2008). The stimulus is an antipathy to the Pledge of Allegiance but the examples are the Columbia Free Trade act and FISA.

When Democrats in the 43rd State Legislative District in suburban Seattle met April 5 to select delegates to the state convention, they refused to begin their deliberations by saying the Pledge of Allegiance …

Democrats in recent years have done much to undermine both our economy and our national security. But this is the first time they’ve been able to accomplish both in a single measure.

Mrs. Pelosi continues to keep the terrorist-surveillance bill from coming to a vote because trial lawyers want to be able to sue telephone companies that cooperated with our intelligence agencies after Sept. 11, 2001.

I’m not questioning their patriotism. (They’re doing a fine job of that all by themselves.) But Democrats do exhibit a disturbing tendency to subordinate the national interest to narrow partisan interests

The pledge is to the country and that is a different entity from the political parties that run it. In any organization there is a process to make decisions. Loyalty requires accepting those properly made decisions as if they were one’s own – no matter the disagreement on a personal level. In this case, it appears that a personal disagreement is elevated. Whether it is a presidential election in 2000 or a matter in which there was previous agreement (Iraq, FISA, Columbia) makes no difference. The allegiance is to one’s personal ideology and not to the national entity that provides an environment for their expression. That is a worrisome priority. Look no farther than Cuba or Venezuela to see why.

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