Tag: Eugene

Much Ado About Nothing?

Patriotism, how important is it? Should all Americans possess it? And is it important to wear one’s patriotism prominently on one’s sleeve (or label, more on that in a minute)?

The city of Eugene Oregon has caused quite a kerfuffle over their refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance, how brave they must feel:

I feel like punching a hippie.

OK, seriously, is anyone offended by this? These little communal bastions of the proletariat must show how hip, wordly, and above petty patriotism they can be. They have an American flag in their council room, I saw it, that should be enough, no UN flags predominantly displayed, give them credit for that.

I doubt cities like Berkeley, Santa Cruz, or really any university town for that matter says the pledge before business. Most schools have already removed the practice of the recital, it seems like an antiquated practice to me. I have nothing against saying the pledge and would expect Tea Party meetings, Boy Scout meetings, or maybe NRA meetings would keep the tradition alive. But am I incensed that the land of hairy armpits, infrequent bathing and hash brownies don’t get jazzed by patriotism? Not in the least. As long as you are a productive citizen (paying taxes and not sucking up social dollars) you keep sporting those tie dye t shirts and forgoing haircuts,”Don’t let The Man tell you what to do”.

And whether Obama likes to wear American Flag pins on his label (I think he was shamed into it, initially), another “Who Cares” vote for me.