By Ed Wood
Yes, we know that politicians are famous for making campaign statements and commitments that once elected, we never hear again. But there is one exception. See if you can identify who it is!
On the CBS news program, “Meet the Press,” Sunday, September 7, 2008, this candidate was asked a number of questions:
1. Why don’t you wear an American flag pin in your lapel? “As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides. There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression.”
2. On the same program, the candidate was asked why he didn’t follow the proper protocol stated in the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171… “During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.”
The candidate’s response: “The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing. “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing.’ If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love.”
3. What are your plans maintaining a strong national defense? “It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails, perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments.”
4. How will you bring peace to the Middle East? “When I Become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a nation have placed upon the nations of Islam an unfair injustice, which is why my wife disrespects the flag, and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past.”
5. What about your statement of “Hope and Change”? “Now that I have found myself about to become the President of the United States, I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our country’s first Black Family. Indeed, change is about to overwhelm the United States of America!”
So how has this honesty in politics policy been working out for ya’?