by Chris Haire
I think I'm going to give myself a nickname.
How about Mr. Friendly? Or Mr. Sensible? Or Mr. Fair? Or Mr. All Bright and Cheery?
Anyone of those fits, don't you think?
I mean, if Lou Dobbs can call himself Mr. Independent, I can call myself Mr. Southern Hospitality.
Of course, both of us are completely full of shit. And, I don't know about Lou, but that's the way I like it. Dishonesty is the best policy folks. And hypocrisy is a way of life.
Last night, Lou and his guests were gargling words about some BS involving the Pledge of Allegiance.
According to Fox News, the education sec for the state of New Mex considered an ACLU-backed measure that would not only allow students to refuse to recite the pledge but would require schools to notify parents that their children had the right to keep their mouths shut when everybody else in Mrs. Crabapple's class talked about "one nation under God" and all that.
Well, this didn't sit too well with Lou and his pals, nor with Fox fans. Their argument more or less was this: giving kids the right to not say the pledge is simply un-American; that's not the way we do things here in America, and that's not the way we did it when I was child, so you're darn tootin' them kids gotta say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Here's the thing: Dobbs and his fellow "independent" friends will be the first to tell you that's it's your god-given right to call for the demise of the federal government, the ouster of each and every member of Congress (except for the guy from your district), and the failure of the president of the United States, but your right to thumb your nose at Uncle Sam, to exercise your right to rebel against the government — to let the powers that be know that you're mad as hell at the direction this country has taken and you're not going to take it anymore — just doesn't extend to the Pledge.
You can show your dissatisfaction in other ways (particularly if the head buffoon is a Democrat), but you have to, have to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Your right to protest only goes so far. Free speech has it's limits. Hypocrisy has no bounds.