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I Pledge Allegiance to Me Me Me and Forget About You You YOU!

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When I was a kid I put my hand on my heart and pledged allegiance to America. After making the gesture for years I studied the constitution and American history to find out why. Notions of freedom, of equality and the sense of feeling good about my country, not just for what that pledge stands for, but for what we do in the world, began to take shape.

I lived on a pink cloud for most of my life until two jets plowed into twin office towers which represent the backbone of capitalism. Instead of reacting with grace and dignity to an under-handed attack, America responded like a coiled rattle snake. Our government began to wantonly trample on everything that was good about the country, not only in the words they said, but in the things they do. We have become, in many respects, the very thing we despise. Human rights and civil rights count for little, sometimes nothing, as we desperately try to defend America.

I don’t feel proud of my country like I once did. You can’t put people in prison without the right to see an attorney, a judge or even let their family members know where they are and feel good about it, can you?

 Cover of Papers, a story about undocumented immigrant youth seeking a chance at the American Dream

You can’t throw a generation of immigrants away, even though they were brought here through no fault of their own, and feel good about it, can you? We don’t force children to pay for the errors of their parents, nor would most of us ever get even with a parent by taking it out on their kids. How can I feel good about that? Let’s pass the Dream Act before more children are parted from their parents!

I don’t feel good about watching my elected representatives treat themselves to a massive unfunded tax cut knowing they will soon need to turn to the masses who have little or nothing and ask them to make sacrifices which will lead to a lower standard of living.

At least, if our leaders must be pigs about the way they consume tax breaks with a deficit out of control, couldn’t they take theirs last after seeing to it those who are suffering get something? The Republican “No Vote Pact” in Congress means the wealthiest people in the United States must feed their fat piggy banks before they will consider the masses struggling to feed their families and keep their homes out of foreclosure. It is an act of unbridaled selfishness far from the lofty principles of freedom and justice for all.

The hallmark of a leader is a person who is willing to sacrifice. Our greatest generals refused to sup on food more plentiful or better in quality than their troops were given.  It is not that the food was unavailable, or that there was some urgency the general sacrifice so others could eat. Rather, the general knew he was setting the example. His troops would suffer more than he would during their hand to hand combat, of that he could be sure. But at the very least, he had made the gesture of suffering along with them. 

 “Unselfishness is the avoidance of providing for one’s personal comfort and advancement at the expense of others.” according to the handbook “Principles of Maine Corp. Leadership“.     

There are many great leaders in our country, and we have a magnificent institution from which to lead from, the three branches of our government. The problem is, not many true leaders are matched to the great institution. What we have is a congress full of selfish, self seeking, spoiled brats who have no concept about what made America great. Our elected leaders can’t give to the masses because they don’t feel good about plundering the tax base.

I will always pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. But when I do, I want to feel that great sense of what it was to be an American, and what it could be again.

What counts is not what we say, but what we do. Our actions speak louder than words. My actions, as a writer, as an activist, as an advocate, will always be based in the notion of peaceful cajoling, and in some cases, peaceful resistance. Please join me as I learn about the power of the pen, as there is a great deal of work to do and not much time left if we hope to salvage the conscience of America.

 

 

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  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Thanks for the god article, Tim.

    Could an editor please correct: “Principles of Maine Corp. Leadership”

  • http://digg.com/rodiogal Jeannie Danna

    Tim,

    This is a wonderful article, full of hope and great promise…

    You are right about the culture of spoiled brats, although I see it in every aspect of American life.

    I would love to see strengthening of the social net, so that all who live here could prosper.

    :D I’ll Digg this for you.

  • http://digg.com/rodiogal Jeannie Danna

    Cindy,

    Seeing your new blog post, reminds me just how twisted the powers that be have made everything.

    In your view it is the government that is pandering to wealth and a danger to us, while I see the corporations as enemy of society and want a strong government to protect my freedom.

    :D From one human *bean* to another, take care…

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Hiya Jeannie,

    Thanks for watching my blog video.

    Hope all is well, bean. :-)

  • http://digg.com/rodiogal Jeannie Danna

    Hi Cindy,

    As mad as I am at the whole world, I still like you.

    :D Beans of a feather…

  • http://digg.com/rodiogal Jeannie Danna

    Cindy,

    I see that this is Tim’s first article here…watch over him, and don’t let the creep get to him.

    ;)

  • http://digg.com/rodiogal Jeannie Danna

    Tim,

    I submitted your article to digg but one of these neo-cons buried it.

    So,I submitted it to reddit; there it can be read without being buried. Your article

    :D

  • Tim Paynter

    Thanks so much for your help. I have a lot to learn about blogging and am working very hard at it.

    I think the entire society is spoiled rotten to the core. Presumably, when people gained wealth we figured they would become humble and giving. Exactly the opposite has passed. The more we have the more we want and the more we resent anyone else having something. It is sad to see those who are the very poorest and least powerful, immigrants, paying the dearest price.

  • http://digg.com/rodiogal Jeannie Danna

    Tim,

    Words of advice for you: This is a very conservative site and you will find after a while that your articles, if too liberal, will be attacked and then ignored.

    :D Don’t take the trolls too personally…

  • http://digg.com/rodiogal Jeannie Danna

    Tim,

    You certainly hit the nail on the head here:

    The more we have the more we want and the more we resent anyone else having something.

    Exactly! In-order for them to have more we have to have less.

    :D I remember being attacked after making this statement.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Tim and Jeannie –

    This is a very conservative site and you will find after a while that your articles, if too liberal, will be attacked and then ignored.

    Quoted for truth. Once the BC conservatives see you exposing indefensible actions and policies of the Republicans and conservatives, they might at first try to defend their politicians and pundits, but as time goes on they’ll attack you, then ignore you and leave your fine article to wither on the vine.

    So why keep writing on this site? I do it because it’s sort of like potty-training an especially stubborn dog – just keep rubbing his nose in it and someday, maybe someday he’ll get a clue.

  • http://digg.com/rodiogal Jeannie Danna

    Glenn,

    I stumbled on this article yesterday,after seeing Cindy in the widget and today, I couldn’t even find the Feature.

    :D ? What’s with this place.