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It appears that our commander in chief has once again demonstrated his
penchant for fooling most of the people most of the time. This “fool,”
however, saw through the historical faux pas uttered during Thursday’s State
of the Union address and simply wonders, how ignorant does this man think we
are?

As Clinton confidently stated his goals for our nation in the 21st
century (he still doesn’t seem to understand his lame duck status), he
finished his verbal fantasy with: “And we will become at last what our
founders pledged us to be so long ago — one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.”

Upon hearing Clinton’s passionate call booming from my car radio, I
nearly drove the ol’ Pontiac off the pavement. My first reaction was not
cynicism toward his false sentimentality. Rather, I immediately questioned
my own understanding of American history and mentally double-checked in
which century our founding fathers had lived.

Silly me. A few more feet down the road, I realized that it was Clinton
who needed to check his history. I knew that the Pledge of
Allegiance, from which the president quoted, was written long after the
founders walked the earth, so how in the world could the nation’s “First
Teacher” have so thoroughly blown it? How could a man who employs a cadre of
speechwriters and researchers (at our expense) imply that the founding
fathers wrote the Pledge? The Pledge of Allegiance, in fact, was written by
Baptist minister and Christian socialist Francis Bellamy in 1892, a mere 105
years after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and several decades after
the last founder was laid to rest.

I imagine the White House planning session thus:

Clinton: “Why not add some patriotic, spine-tingling phrase at this
point? Something from the founding fathers, something the folks back home
will recognize?”

Speechwriter: “You’re absolutely right, Mr. President. How about a phrase
from the Declaration of Independence?”

Clinton: “Nah, something better than that. ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’
comes to mind … Hey, I’ve got it. The Pledge of Allegiance. I’ve always
liked that one. And be sure to use the ‘under God’ part.”

Speechwriter: “Did the founders write the Pledge of Allegiance? I thought
that came later.”

Clinton: “Now, does that really matter? We’re talking to Americans
here — people who are products of an educational system that has been
decimated by the burdensome effects of a federal education bureaucracy,
values-free education, and condom distribution. You don’t think anyone will
know that the founders didn’t pen the Pledge, do you?”

OK. I gave him way too much credit with the penultimate sentence.
His response was probably more like: “So what? It’ll work.”

I’m convinced that Clinton’s staff knew he was spouting yet another
deception. They likely decided that, once again, form should win over
substance. Hey, it worked for seven years, didn’t it? Let’s hope that Friday
morning, somewhere in an American classroom, a courageous teacher had an
impromptu lesson in researching facts, public hoodwinking and the dumbing
down of education.

In his farewell address next January, I half expect to hear Clinton bid
us adieu with that famous quote from Benjamin Franklin: “Ask not what your
country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

Wouldn’t surprise me.

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