Always Pledging Allegiance, Before All Entertainment -- Or None At All
Why are we only talking about the pledge of allegiance to our flag for the opening of an golf event? Shouldn't we be require to cite our allegiance before other business and sports openings -- perhaps just after waking up in the morning, or before going to sleep at night?
NBC mistakenly cut out the words "under God" during a pretaped video piece before the start of golf's U.S. Open event this weekend. The network later blamed a small group of people for omitting those key words. Maybe some TV executive was involved with some "production notes."
I'm loyal to the flag -- every day. With that in mind, perhaps every single TV show needs to start up with the pledge of allegiance.
Since I love my country, and my God, and my prime-time TV schedule, we need to get serious. We need to gain protection from all intruders -- especially cable networks and YouTube.
NBC says: "It was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open Championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship."
That's okay. But why stop there. You want to be patriotic? Don't limit it to just sporting events. Before the start of "Glee," open with the national anthem or the pledge of allegiance. Does Macy's open its doors with the pledge of allegiance? Maybe it should.
Why do these national traditions happen during sporting events? Maybe because sports is kind of trivial versus the more serious world problem - and so we need to be reminded of matters like armed forces putting their lives on the line.
By that token, why not extend this to TV shows -- as well as theatrical movies or concerts? Entertainment is our leisure, non-serious time. The pledge -- and other national traditions -- remind us of what this country is all about.
My point is: all or nothing. If entertainment is trivial in the broader scheme of things and we are looking to remind viewers of real serious stuff, we ought to be consistent.
If, on the other hand, focusing on pledges and national anthems during entertainment events trivializes those national traditions, that's another issue.