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Ah, MI, so disappointing. My state has been hijacked by the reality challenged.

Posted on January 8, 2014 by admin
They’re back. All rested-up and ready to enact critical new laws and measures — Michigan legislators are raring to get down to the important business of the people.

Pledge of AllegianceRepublican Senators opened the session with a vital piece of business with Senate Resolution 108 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the words “under God” being added to the Pledge of Allegiance, and to urge the U.S. Congress to forever keep the words “as a testament to the founding ideals that led our country to prosperity”.

Here’s the one-page text of the resolution (in blue), replete with all the “whereases, herebys and resolveds”. Below that, Democracy Tree has added a few suggested edits (in green).

"A resolution celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the words “under God” added to the Pledge of Allegiance and urging Congress to forever keep the words “under God” preserved in our Pledge of Allegiance as a testament to the founding ideals that led our country to prosperity.

Whereas, The United States of America will be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of adding the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance; and

Whereas, The joint resolution was introduced by Michigan natives, Congressman Charles Oakman (R-17th) and U.S. Senator Homer Ferguson (R) before being signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 14, 1954 (Flag Day); and

Whereas, Reverend George M. Docherty, pastor of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, delivered the historic sermon on February 7, 1954, before President Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., suggesting the words “under God” be added to the pledge. Congressman Oakman introduced his legislation the following day; and

Whereas, These words were first recited within the Pledge of Allegiance by the Knights of
Columbus in 1951 at the opening of each of their meetings; and

Whereas, Michigan Congressman Louis Charles Rabaut (D-14th) submitted a resolution on April 20, 1953, to amend the Pledge of Allegiance with the words “under God.” He was the first of many to introduce such similar legislation before it became law in 1954; and

Whereas, President Abraham Lincoln first said the phrase “nation, under God,” in the
Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery:
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that
from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they
gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead
shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of
freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not
perish from the earth.”

; and

Whereas, When the future of the United States was threatened by communism, we reminded our citizens and the world that our country would prosper because of our nation’s fundamental belief in God. President Eisenhower addressed this foundation during his statement at the signing of the amended Pledge of Allegiance:

“From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in
every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation
and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could
be more inspiring than to contemplate this rededication of our youth, on each school
morning, to our country’s true meaning…In this somber setting, this law and its
effects today have profound meaning. In this way we are reaffirming the
transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall
constantly strengthen.”

; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we hereby officially recognize and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the words “under God” added to the Pledge of Allegiance and urge Congress to forever keep these words preserved in our Pledge of Allegiance. We honor the Michigan members of Congress who put forth the legislation that instilled the importance of these words in our great nation; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the members of the Michigan
congressional delegation."

Democracy Tree for their rewrite, which is fun.

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Your Founding Fathers are revolving at a great rate in their graves!

Just more of the creeping religiousness that is attempting to (1) make the USA a Xian theocracy, and (2) keep the voters fighting one another so they don't notice the uber rich grabbing even more power and wealth.  Divide and conquer.

The above has nothing to do with democracy. It is all about plutocracy and the taking over of the terrible banking industry and corrupt political system that allows our democracy to be hi-jacked by big money interests that have gone on for 30 years to the point that it has overtaken our court system(s).

The Detroit Bankruptcy is a Fraud.

It should be obvious that the Fascist take over of the democratic process that's "occurring" in Michigan is outside of common decency. 

Interesting to note, that Lincoln also said,

"The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma."
-- Abraham Lincoln --

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