I have not said the Pledge of Allegiance since last forced to in 1976. I do not remember ever swelling with American pride during the Pledge. I do not remember even thinking about what the Pledge of Allegiance meant, until I was old enough to not want to recite it.
On Thursday night this week former president Jimmy Carter destroyed all and any credibility he had as an election observer by blaming Ralph Nader for former Vice President Al Gore's loss in his presidential bid in election 2000. The former president was also insulting toward presidential candidate Ralph Nader by telling him to "go back to umpiring softball games or examining the rear end of automobiles, and don't risk costing the Democrats the White House this year as you did four years ago."
In response to a George Bush fundraiser in Boston's Back Bay last night, a crowd of a thousand plus people came out to protest. The group represented a diverse base of interests and backgrounds, from college anti-war groups to organized labor to Billionaires For Bush.