What Does This Even Mean? DougCo GOP Edition

We get forwarded all kinds of bizarre social media postings from both official and decidedly unofficial Republican Party mouthpieces (here’s looking at you, Tom Tancredo) some of which are straightforwardly offensive in any of the customary ways individuals on the fringes of the American political right offend the socially well-adjusted. Others, however, just leave us scratching our heads as to what exactly they’re trying to say at all:

Folks, where are the Douglas County Republicans going with this? In Colorado, it’s the law that students must have the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance–though they also have the freedom to not recite it. Is somebody forcing kids to pray to Mecca, which would be the only way we can think of this makes any sense?

The problem must be that we expect it to make sense.

But again, this is “official” Republican Party content. You can’t just ignore it.

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    If you don't get it you must be a traitor. –Moderanus

  2. gertie97 says:

    They have to keep the riffraff happy, reminding them of the godless liberals out to destroy Christmas at the same time Muslims are preventing the pledge. Mesa County eats it up.

  3. Genghis says:

    The Douglas County GOP figures it can't go too far wrong by pandering to extraordinarily stupid and racist white people. Sure it's a non sequitur of epic proportions, but "wholesome white Christian kids good, brown Mooslims bad" resonates with the target audience big time.

  4. kwtree says:

    Every public school I've worked in in Colorado (300+ of them counting all the places I've subbed )- we say the "Pledge" every morning. Sometimes adults read it over the intercom, sometimes students read it, sometimes it's in English and Spanish. But everyone pledges. Occasionally, a kid will sit it out. Or not say "under God".

    No biggie.

    I enjoy saying the Pledge of Allegiance, "One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and Justice for All.”

    I find it inspiring and progressive, even if the Trumpistas like being Divisible and want liberty and justice only for people who look and act as they do.

    I tried to tell my ultra-conservative South Dakota ex sister in law that we godless liberals Pledge every AM, after she sent me a meme similar to the one above: Something like, "The Libs will hate this. But you should Like this if you want every school to say the Pledge every morning!"

    I tried to tell her that particular battle was won long ago, but to no avail. I'm patriotic AF myself. She thinks she's the patriotic one. Yet she supports a President who is in the process of selling our Democracy to Russia. Sigh.

  5. Voyageur says:

    I always skip the under god part.  This is my flag, if God wants one she can make her own!

    • notaskinnycook says:

      laugh, V. If I remember right, they stopped making us do it after elementary school. I know we didn't do it in high school. I guess they've started doing it again.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        In my little town
        I grew up believing
        God keeps his eye on us all
        And he used to lean upon me
        As I pledged allegiance to the wall
        Lord I recall my little town

      • Genghis says:

        In our little corner of eastern Ohio, we had mandatory Pledge of Allegiance, mandatory Lord's Prayer recitation, and mandatory Bible readings in our public elementary school up to about 1967 or so. In retrospect, I figured the yo-yos on the school board were not about to let a bunch of robe-wearing sissies in D.C. tell them how to run their schools. I assume a robe-wearing sissy in eastern Ohio got the job done, because the invisible magic sky daddy stuff was suddenly just gone. Pledge recitation became optional, thereby dragging the school board, kicking and screaming, boldly into 1943.

  6. spaceman65 says:

    Pledging allegiance to a flag is a hard pass for me.  Luckily, the Constitution gives me the right to pass.  

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