…in Boulder and Fort Collins must contain something I’m not getting down here in Denver because there are some people who may need to rethink certain things. There’s two stories below with my comments. I’d love to hear your informed, mature and thought out opinions in the comments.
Before I go any further, I should lay out my cards on the table. I’m a registered Republican of the non-denominational Christian Faith with a conservative streak. There, got that disclaimer out of the way.
In Boulder some non-voting high schoolers apparently are all upset about having to say the pledge of allegiance even though they don’t have to say it. But that’s beside the point.
About 100 other students watched as the group recited their own pledge to both the American flag and the planet.
I suppose I’m someone who becomes concerned when students become activists about things that send red flags flying through the small mind I have. I express reservations because I have come to suspect parents, teachers and others who are older in age having pushed these kids to do these things and say these things to prove some kind of interesting point about church and state. Although I had to chuckle at the pledge to the planet because that’s typical Boulder. My suspects are somewhat confirmed with the quote from the article in question,
He said the school has no choice but to say the pledge because it is required by state law. Most of the students who watched today’s protest were sympathetic, and cheered on their schoolmates. But senior Donovan Ranta, 17, said, “I think everybody is doing it to get attention.”
You’ll also want to take a look at the picture of the logo of the student group (see the link above). The red star sends green and yellow flags in my mind because I’m used to seeing that type of imagery on Communist and Socialist propaganda. Again, I’m not saying these kids should be sent to Gitmo or anything (that’d be jumping the shark before we even caught it) but I’m also cautious about these kind of things.
On 850 KOA earlier this morning there was talk from the school district about how the pronouncement of “God” is not religion specific and can be interpreted to mean a general non specific Deity. Again, the kids making the move has me wondering about outside influences. Apologies to Boulder but y’all have earned this kind of questioning.
My second story is the now blazing firestorm of a controversy where a student newspaper decided they would so something everyone else in the last four or so years has done. Bash Bush. Oh my goodness! They’re breaking the mold! However did they approach such a tired (I’m sorry, but I’m really getting bored with all this “BUSH IS THE DEVIL” junk. It’s tired, it’s lame and it’s not helping anyone) and worn out maneuver?
They referenced the tazer incident (later proved the guy was a complete phony going for attention but the college newspaper staff didn’t seem to care) in a short and unruly commentary that included the use of the four letter word that starts with “F” and ends with “K”. That was the extent of their statement. Nothing for debate, no discussion of why they believe what they think is Bush’s fault in the incident that involved a kid at a John Kerry event or any kind of explanation of the column.
They have a right to free speech and I would defend it until the day I die. However as many have said, Free Speech comes with consequences. If your foray into free speech costs your college newspaper $50,000 in advertising you’re going to be under a microscope. If you decide to take all the learning, the teachings and real world experience you’ve had in the journalistic sphere and then throw it out the window with the baby and the bathwater, you’re going to find yourself with people very upset.
As a journalist at back in the day at Littleton High School , “blogger” and even now a writer here at Denver Metroblog I’ve always found that when writing a column or post about something that careens into opinion that a explanation of why I feel the way I do and how I got there is usually required. If you’re going to be someone to be taken seriously in this world and wish to show people you perspective without seriously pushing a major button, you have to be mature about it.
I don’t believe this guy should be fired. I think the advertisers are acting to protect themselves from the fallout. They don’t want to be associated with a petulant child who can’t seem to express themselves without throwing an infantile fit. And so, they’re pulling away. That is their right. I think our editor person should take a stand. If you believe what you believe, then so be it. Say it and stand by it.
But you have to accept the consequences of your actions. Nothing is free. The one thing more people in this nation, world, planet, whatever need to learn is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. For this blog post, there will be reactions. Some in the Denver community will probably have already stopped reading this column way up there where I talked about my background. Others have gotten this far and are probably steaming. And maybe a few are nodding their heads along with me.
An interesting note is that he’s retained David Lane, he of the Ward Churchill cluster of insanity and other local controversy. Most Denver news stations and radio stations have said that this guy hasn’t been charged with anything and isn’t in trouble with the law. Needless, if this story picks up much more steam and becomes another Mound of Churchill I’m going to do my best to express my opinions and feelings in a manner that is both professional, mature and informed.
It is the one thing J. David McSwane needs to take away from this.
So, what do you think?