I see where the big government nanny state Republicans in the Legislature are at it again: Now they want everyone in a public school to stand like good little soldiers and pledge allegiance to the flag every day.
Somehow, we are told, this will instill patriotism in children’s impressionable little minds. They have a vision of an America where everyone walks around with a smile on their face, a song in their heart and love of country in their minds.
There are two ways to do that: Pass laws that help build a country based on those patriotic ideals, or just pass laws that tell everyone to look patriotic.
Needless to say, the Legislature favors the latter. Perception is reality to these guys. If people are perceived to be patriotic, they must be patriotic, how hard is that?
The current idea of lining school children up every morning is the brainchild of newbie Sen. Aaron Osmond of South Jordan, who obviously missed the Tea Party briefing on small government, government not telling people how to live, etc etc etc. In his newness Sen. Osmond thinks he’s really smart and powerful so he should be able to tell other people how to live.
Osmond suffers from what I like to call real delusions of adequacy. His previous brainchild was the personhood fiasco, in which he and his fellow legislators would pronounce when human life begins, a mystery to theologians, philosophers and medical ethicist for thousands of years, “so it’s about time someone like us with some brains solved it,” was apparently his thinking.
So, no self-esteem issues here!
Making people pledge allegiance doesn’t prove anything, of course. In the 1970s there was a passing fad to have school teachers take loyalty oaths, the thinking being that we didn’t want any commies teaching our children evil.
Then someone pointed out that real commies, faced with discovery if they didn’t sign, would naturally be the first in line to proclaim their patriotism. If they could sign twice, they would.
Which, I suppose, gives us cause to wonder about the real patriotism of Sen. Osmond?