Thursday, April 29, 2004

You may leave now

Rep. James McDermott, D-Washington (now don't that just figure) decided that he didn't need to place his hand over his heart of say the phrase "under God" while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

He claims that he left out the "under God" phrase because he learned his version of the Pledge before that phrase was added in 1954. I've heard the audio and find that explanation disingenuous. Why did he pause when reciting the pledge, allowing everyone else to say it? He knew exactly what he was doing.

Even Nancy Pellosi, Liberal Beyond Belief, took him to task over the omission. (Whoa!)

Of course, he could offer the defense of "I haven't learned anything since before 1954." Probably even be accurate.

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