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The Pledge.

This is going to be a huge issue in the election, count on it. I think that Republicans will emphasize it and appeal to patriotism, while Democrats either try to out patriot the Republicans or try and ignore the issue. Realistically, it probably doesn’t make a whit of difference if the phrase “under God” is or isn’t in the pledge or on our money. It is a rote tradition, and I believe that most people don’t really think about the words when they recite the Pledge.

This is the sort of meaningless issue that could dominate the debates next year, rather than focusing on something substantive, such as differences in economic policy, social policy, and foreign policy. It’s controversial, it’s easy to boil down into 5 second sound bites, it’s contentious. It is pointless. The media laps up this sort of thing because it generates ratings, which is ultimately all they care about. The media is not liberal. The media is corporate. They have one agenda: profit. There are exceptions, but they are just that. Exceptions.

So count on hearing more and more and more about the Pledge in the coming months.

Posted by rev_matt_y at October 14, 2003 3:18 PM