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Monday, November 14, 2005

Sometimes The Inevitable Is Inevitable

Pretty much everyone with any kind of functioning mind said, well, if it's unconstitutional to have the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, then it must also be to have "In God We Trust" on our currency. Very logical, very true. Well, as expected, Michael Newdow's latest lawsuit is a challenge to just that. The debate about the Establishment Clause of our Constitution has been repeated ad nauseum. I'm pretty confident that the original framers had in mind the concept of freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, and I'm too weary to again point out the obvious support for that proposition. What interests me is the motivation of people like Newdow (and, quite frankly, many lefties) when they make issues like this their raison d'etre. To me, it bespeaks a deep-seated, overwhelming dislike (hate?) for this country, its history and its institutions mixed in with an unhealthy dose of narcissism. The language of the Pledge, or that is found on our coins, hurts no one and should "offend" very, very, very few. It is neither the cause nor result of oppression or any other preventable evil in this country. So why the big deal? There must be something else here.

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