Thursday, September 20, 2012

Now Obama wants pledge of allegiance from supporters; where have we heard that before?

    The Obama for president campaign is enlisting celebrities to encourage supporters to take photos of themselves placing their hands over their hearts and pledging to support Obama, in a campaign led by actress Jessica Alba and others.
    Ironic when you consider the famous video of the group of candidates standing on the stage with hands over heart during the national anthem while Obama stood there with hands firmly at his side. Apparently a man who doesn't see fit to place his hand over his heart for our country's flag is willing to demand that his supporters place their hands over their heart for him.
     As soon as Jinny read this news story her mouth dropped open. She said one of the questions on her World History I.B. exam was to examine translations of original documents containing the oath of allegiance used by German civil servants in the 1930s. Here's the August 2, 1934, oath and its translation:

Diensteid der öffentlichen Beamten
Ich schwöre: Ich werde dem Führer des Deutschen Reiches und Volkes Adolf Hitler treu und gehorsam sein, die Gesetze beachten, und meine Amtspflichten gewissenhaft erfüllen, so wahr mir Gott helfe.
Service oath for public servants
I swear: I will be faithful and obedient to the leader of the German empire and people, Adolf Hitler, to observe the law, and to conscientiously fulfil my official duties, so help me God!
    Note that the new loyalty oath was not one to the German state nor one to serve the German people. It was an oath to be faithful to Adolf Hitler, designated as the leader of the German people. By urging his supporters to place their hands over their heart and pledge to support him, in the same fashion that citizen's pledge their allegiance to flag and country, Obama comes perilously close to creating the same type of personality cult.
     The people who make these pledges are no longer our fellow Americans until they renounce them. They now serve a non-American power; their pledge to Obama is no different than a pledge made to Kenya, Pakistan or Russia. Certainly they can support whomever they wish as a candidate, but a hand-over-heart pledge to Obama is no different than a palm outward pledge to Hitler. (For what it's worth, the pledge to the American flag was originally made with palm outward; that likely wouldn't be popular today).
     The left-wing press gives Obama a free ride. When he violated the War Powers Act in his illegal attack on Libya, the left ignored it. When he enacted the DREAM Act by executive fiat and announced that he would ignore the law, the left applauded. No action, no matter how outrageous, is deemed worthy of censure.
     Now Obama is urging his supporters to make personal pledges of allegiance to him and not to the country. Will the American public ever realize just how dangerous this man really is?

p.s. And by the way, Jinny made a "7" on her exam, so according to the folks in Switzerland she knows what she is talking about.


Ash said...

Yeah okay no. Placing your hand over your heart in support of a presidential candidate in no way makes you an Un-American citizen. And the way you worded that makes it seem like anyone who doesn't share your political views is not American. Really Dad?

Col. Reb Sez said...


And you won't find me putting my hand over my heart pledging my support to Romney or any other candidate. And I can't imagine supporting a candidate who would ask his supporters to do such a thing.

ebmeacham said...

Oh Frank, 1. You are not supporting your analogy. Where's the wording of this pledge that Obama "wants" his supporters to make? Please give us the words and outline how it tracks with Hitler's pledge?

2. I didn't have long to look, but according to, here is the letter that went with the ad.
"Growing up, my classmates and I started every day with a ritual: We'd stand up, put our right hand over our hearts, and say the Pledge of Allegiance.
To me, that gesture was a promise. A promise to be involved and engaged in this country's future. A promise to work for liberty and justice -- and for affordable education, health care, and equality -- for all.
That's why all across the country, people like you and I are proudly writing down our reasons for getting involved, and then taking the pledge -- to vote.
This election will have consequences for everyone. Rich, poor, black, white, Hispanic, Asian American, gay or straight, every American has something to lose -- and something to gain -- from what happens this November. As Americans, we're in this together, for one and for all.
So let your friends and family know you care, and make sure they have all the information they need to make their voices heard in this election.
Jessica Alba
P.S. -- Make sure you're ready to vote this fall. Putting your hand over your heart is making a promise. Casting your ballot is keeping it.
3. Where's your proof that Obama is behind this plot? It sounds like some dopey advertising exec's idea.

4. I had no idea that making a pledge to something with your hand over your heart cancelled out your pledge to America. As a child in the Baptist church, we would pledge allegiance to the Bible and to the Christian flag. (look it up. It's very common.) Oh my gosh, I just realized I never renounced those pledges! What should I do?

Col. Reb Sez said...


I said in my blog post that Obama was coming “perilously close” to creating the same type of personality cult. Is it the “same” as Hitler’s demand for a loyalty oath? Of course not. His own website urged people to put their hands over their heart and send in the photos as a show of support. It’s just spooky and scary.

As for the pledge to the Christian flag, I wish the Vacation Bible Schools would let this drop. However, traditionally Americans were to have first, duty to God; second, duty to state; third, duty to nation in that order; so as long as you aren’t pledging fealty to Billy Graham or the pope, I think it’s just fine.

And if you Google it, you will find that lots and lots of people have had the same reaction to the “pledge” campaign that I have.