NBC’s selective patriotism at the U.S. Open
In what was billed as a patriotic expression to celebrate the final day of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club near our nation’s Capital, NBC opened their coverage with a montage of military personnel, American flags, great golfing moments and children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The problem is that, for some inexplicable reason, NBC – or at the very least an NBC Sports producer – omitted the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Twice!
The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded and for which we continue to strive: one Nation under God--the Founding Fathers' belief that the people of this nation are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; indivisible--although we have individual states, they are united in one Republic; with liberty--the government cannot take away the people's inalienable rights; and justice for all--everyone in America is entitled to "equal justice under the law" (as is inscribed above the main entrance to our Supreme Court).