DAN BARE
Extreme disrespect displayed by NBC

Dan Bare
This past weekend I was watching the U.S. Open Golf Tournament on NBC. I was especially pleased to see the coverage included a group of children with their hand on their heart saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

I truly never get tired of hearing the Pledge of Allegiance and it always brings a warm, proud and grateful sense of being an American.

Unfortunately my feelings were abruptly dampened with what I heard, or more specifically what I did not hear. These days nothing would really surprise me with the national media yet, this time was especially offensive at the highest level.

NBC took the inappropriate liberty of editing out the words “Under God” and “Indivisible” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

As I write this article I’m still angry and disgusted with NBC for the extreme disrespect they exhibited especially during a time when our country is in two wars not including the yet to be determined conflict with Libya. As I wrote this article I briefly considered using more politically correct words such as “disappointed” or “surprised” when describing my feelings about the intentional decision on NBC’s part but that would play into an already much too politically correct America.

Yes, I am angry with NBC for their decision to disrespect the flag and all that it stands for. I can only imagine the decision was reached by some elites that are disingenuous to the core.

I believe I’m one of many Americans that will not be manipulated by any person or organization that are naive by their lack of appreciation of the very country that allows them to behave in such a despicable and ignorant manner.

Finally, in my opinion, there is a God and he deserves all the glory. God is part of the Pledge of Allegiance and should not and cannot be removed.

NBC’s behavior was intentional and we must not be hoodwinked into believing it was some kind of oversight. Without question people at NBC knew exactly what they were doing and as with most of the national media they think the public is too stupid and lazy to actually be concerned about.

America is exceptional and the greatest country in the world yet, we must be diligent in order to maintain the fiber, integrity and very foundation that sets us apart from other countries. God is the key to our country and man should never ignore, ridicule or remove God from its principles and foundation.

God Bless all the men and women in uniform and all that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. Also, God Bless those misguided folks at NBC and any other Americans that have lost sight of the many blessing and liberties that are only available in America.

Danny D. Bare is the Executive Director of the Clermont County Veterans Commission and a Vietnam combat veteran.