In a nutshell, Jesse Ventura of Minnesota has vetoed a bill that would require the recessitation of the Pledge of Allegiance once a week in Minn. schools.
"I am vetoing this bill because I believe patriotism comes from the heart," Ventura said in his veto message Wednesday. "Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice."
Amen Jesse! Finally a politician has the guts to nix a feel-good mandate likely forwarded by some self serving egomaniac with little real legislative talent who's intent on "out-patriot"-ing everyone else and getting some press for it.
We shouldn't love our country and express that love "because someone told us to." Pledge? Absolutely. Law requiring the Pledge? No.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 716 times:
I was just watching that unbiased (right), network, FOX, and Hannity and Newtie Gingrich were lamenting that fact that "only" 25 states require the Pledge of Allegiance at school. Believe me, there's nuts out there like Twotterwrench, who think you have to mandate patriotism, and other things, in our schools. I'm not a big fan of "The Body", but he was right on vetoing this bill of forced patriotism.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6372 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 708 times:
I guess that to stay within the rules I should expand on this.
Reciting something by rote and being forced into saying it does not make one believe. Governor Venura is so right on this one. It's too bad that American politicians of today don't have the moral fortitude to say what they believe.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 680 times:
The kids should say the pledge anyway, it reaffirms love and trust for this country as they grow and develop at their maleable young ages.
I don't know about you, but when I was in school, the pledge had NOTHING to do with patriotism. Growing up, and in school, the Pledge was more or less a pain in the ass to all kids. I'm not saying it is right, but thats how it goes. "Forced Patriotism" in the form of the Pledge is pointless.