Saturday, August 5, 2017

Bill Crawford praises John McCain

Recited the Pledge of Allegiance lately?

Once upon a time in America school children were required to stand, face the flag, and recite the pledge each morning.

Remember how it goes?

"I pledge allegiance to flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

Well, did you ever mean it when you said it?

The core of the pledge was written in 1892 by Baptist minister Francis Bellamy. In 1942 Congress officially adopted a slightly revised pledge. Then, in 1954, at the urging of the Knights of Columbus, Congress added the words “under God.”

Bellamy's job was to develop a flag salute as part of a celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Discovery of America by Columbus. He sought to instill a love of country in America’s school children. President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed, “Let the national flag float over every schoolhouse in the country and the exercises be such as shall impress upon our youth the patriotic duties of American citizenship.” Thus, on celebration day, millions of school children first recited the pledge.

Love of country is supposed to be the tie that binds us into "one nation under God, indivisible." But, that hopeful, beautiful ideal appears gone with the wind.

A greed and power seeded sickness infects us, inflamed by swelling ill will toward one another. When political enmity pits brother against brother, family against family, church against church, and state against state there is nothing left to bind us into an "indivisible" nation.

Instead, we are fragmenting into a nation of conservatives vs. liberals, haves vs. have-nots, big business vs. common folks, straight vs. gay, black and brown vs. white, faithful vs. faithless, gun lovers vs. gun haters, and so on. We are so split into factions and antagonisms, personified by Republicans vs. Democrats, that our national government struggles to function, much less accomplish anything.

If there is to be a turn-around, courageous and forthright patriots must take the wheel.

One did so last month. Explaining his deciding vote on health care legislation, Sen. John McCain said, “We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

All Americans who mean the Pledge of Allegiance when they say it, like Sen. McCain, must help.

In 1787 our pragmatic forefathers created the unique Republic we pledge allegiance to, carefully crafting it to overcome factions and antagonisms in order to serve “the people.” Elected representatives, three co-equal branches of government, and numerous checks and balances were established to force and forge mutually beneficial results, the assuaging balm essential for indivisibility.

Today, our spreading contagion contaminates the hearts and minds of too many government officials, elected and appointed, crippling support for the notion and necessity of “one nation.”

Take the wheel America and enable more John McCains!


Crawford is syndicated columnist from Meridian (crawfolk@gmail.com)

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where was McCain when Obama and the democrats were passing the "affordable" care act?

Anonymous said...

UAW got spanked!

Anonymous said...

God bless you 9:51, my fellow American!

Anonymous said...

He voted against the ACA

Anonymous said...

McCain fragged American again. Now he wants to push amnesty for illegal aliens one more time. Of course, the Sandersons are 100% supportive of that effort.

Anonymous said...

Of course Bill Crawford would praise John McCain. They are both Democrats without the courage to admit it!

Anonymous said...

It is past time for McCain to go home.

Anonymous said...

Crawford serves on a hospital board and is in the tank for Obamacare. Everything he writes about healthcare issues should be sifted through that filter.

Anonymous said...

Thank god, because of McCain you Ditto Heads will not have to feel the pain you would have felt without the ACA. You guys notice that the Senate technically is still in session to protect Sessions and all of us from the President.

Anonymous said...

>>>You guys notice that the Senate technically is still in session to protect Sessions and all of us from the President.<<<


Who voted for this?

The majority?

Or the majority party?


lol

Anonymous said...



"It is past time for McCain to go home."
August 5, 2017 at 11:57 AM

If by 'home' you mean home to his Daddy (Satan), then I fully agree. Can't happen soon enough, if you ask ME.

Anonymous said...

The folks at Nissan have voted against the union, this will insure that we come in last in another category for years to come. "Automotive workers wages" On the bright side maybe we have a shot at the new Mazda EV joint venture.

Anonymous said...

2:39, since you are too lazy to look this up yourself, or else you are asking a question to which you already know the answer hoping to make a point --

100% of the Senators voted for this motion. The same as they did in the last few years of BHO administration after he bypassed the confirmation process with recess appointments. (Some recess appointments he attempted to make were eventually deemed unconstitutional by the SC.)

All Senators voted for this - majority and minority party.

Anonymous said...

Bennie Thompson needs to go home too. He is leading the whole nation into become like the delta is. Jobless & dirt poor. How many years in congress & the delta is the poorest area in the nation.
like Trump said to blacks to get their votes. What have you got to lose? And all the blacks who voted for him put him over the top.

Anonymous said...

4:29 Black voters may have stayed home this last election, but they didn't vote for Trump. I can assure you they all have IDs and will not be staying home in 2018 or in 2020.

Anonymous said...

Thompson is the epitome of what's wrong with gerrymandering and what's right about term limits.

Anonymous said...

5:03 we have term limits. It is the ballot box. Don't like a certain candidate vote them out. A simple solute.

Anonymous said...

That's just dumb and wrong. We do not have term limits. If it was a simple solution to "vote" a candidate out, then you would not need gerrymandering.

Anonymous said...

What's Democrat Bill Crawford's take on Democrat Bennie Thompson? Now that would be a good article for this blog. Thompson became a millionaire during his fifth year in Congress, went from Jackson City Council to millionaire, represents the poorest district in the nation, has not brought in the first job, but has a private parking spot at the Medgar Wylie airport, holds lots of fish fries and buys every 4X barber-shop shirt he sees on the rack.

Anonymous said...

McCain is no saint as Crawford would lead you to believe. The only reason McCain voted against the bill was that he hates Trump more than he loves the country because of Trump’s comments on who heroes really are. McCain voted many times to repeal ACA while Obama was in office (when the vote didn't count). Like Trump said, it will implode on its own, then we can blame McCain and all his liberal friends in the Senate for the catastrophe.

Anonymous said...

Hey 2:44 "The folks at Nissan have voted against the union, this will insure that we come in last in another category for years to come."

You have no idea what you're talking about. THANKFULLY, they voted against the union!!! And it PREVENTS another "opportunity" for us to be last. Look at what happened in Detroit! And Bernie and his socialism would have a society that ends up like Venezuela.

As for McCain, don't always agree with him, but I do respect and appreciate his service, and pray for his healing.

Anonymous said...

Dam I taught they had a show to do at SuperTalk, they must be running reruns today.

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