“The Pledge of Allegiance to our great Country, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is under siege,” President Trump announced on Twitter early Thursday. “That is why I am going to win the Great State of Minnesota in the 2020 Election. People are sick and tired of this stupidity and disloyalty to our wonderful USA!”

I live just a few miles from St. Louis Park and was surprised to learn of this onslaught of sedition, which despite the apparent gravity of the situation is not exactly dominating local news. It turns out the “siege” in question is rather less dramatic than Trump’s tweet suggests: The city council unanimously decided to stop reciting the pledge at the start of its meetings. Not everyone who participates in city business is a citizen, noted one council member, so they shouldn’t have to “pledge their allegiance to our country in order to tell us what their input is about a sidewalk in front of their home.” Some people are not pleased with this choice, and the president is among them.

This anger over removing constant performance of a loyalty pledge to our national flag from a mundane gathering of local government is not surprising. …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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