Somehow the American flag and disdaining reverence for it has become a litmus test for the left. Seriously. Not only do we have celebrity ballplayers of more than one sport “taking a knee” during the National Anthem (being on one’s knees is actually a form of worship and pleading, but don’t tell them that), now the School Board president of one of the nation’s largest cities is ditching the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings in favor of “inspirational quotes” from African Americans.
The San Francisco school board’s new president broke with protocol Tuesday night by deciding to skip the Pledge of Allegiance before a meeting, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
In its place, Steven Cook recited a quote from the poet Maya Angelou: “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”
And when the quote is from Maya Angelou you try not to grab a barf bag.
Why did Cook do this? Because he’s stuck in the mainstream media echo chamber.
Cook told The Chronicle he chose not to enforce the pledge because of his disappointment with the political climate. He said the Trump administration “has been attacking our liberties.”
Never mind all of the people who have found jobs under this president’s tenure, and the sex trafficking rings that have been broken up, not to mention denuclearizing North Korea.
Honestly, if anyone else had accomplished that it would be an automatic Nobel Peace Prize.
The Pledge of Allegiance, while required by state education code, is rarely enforced by schools, district officials said. District spokesman Gentle Blythe said it is not required for school boards.
“If you ask 10 Americans who wrote it, or when it was implemented, or why it is how we start our meetings, a lot of us would be hard pressed (to answer),” Cook said.
Cook has a point here, but rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater why not EDUCATE the students on this very matter.
The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist minister. In the mid-1950s, President Dwight D. Eisenhower asked Congress to include the words “under God,” amid the rise of communism.
Was that so hard?
This being San Francisco, a number of School Board members are actually supportive of the move.
And the dumbing down of America continues.