Thursday, September 20, 2012

Actress Jessica Alba asks voters to pledge allegiance to Obama

This strikes me as so odd and weird,

The Obama campaign has launched its “For All” campaign, encouraging supporters to take pictures of themselves with their hands on their hearts and a note explaining why they support President Obama.

Actress Jessica Alba uses the Pledge of Allegiance as an example of the campaign in an email to supporters.

“Growing up, my classmates and I started every day with a ritual: We’d stand up, put our right hand over our hearts, and say the Pledge of Allegiance,” explains Alba. “To me, that gesture was a promise. A promise to be involved and engaged in this country’s future. A promise to work for liberty and justice — and for affordable education, health care, and equality — for all.”

Alba joins Hollywood actresses Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson by photographing herself with her hand on her heart pledging to vote for Obama.

Actress Jessica Alba asks voters to pledge allegiance to Obama

and the poster here.



JMP said...

No, they are not pledging allegiance to Obama. They are pledging to vote for Obama. There's a difference. The title of this article plays on fundamentalist fears of the antichrist--the mark of the beast, and such. Bill, I'm willing to listen to different viewpoints, and certainly can find my own set of disagreements with the Democrats, but I often don't find your sources very balanced. And I do not feel comfortable with what the Republican party has become; especially with their support of social conservatism. Strange that the party who claims to be in favor of less government wants that government to make laws and decisions about a woman's body and health.

Bill Baar said...

I think a pledge with hand over heart to support a political candidate odd. I wouldn't do it. Politics is about a power struggle, and this pledge makes politics a little too sacred for me.

As for abortion, a good many Republicans (and 30% of dems last I looked at stats) feel human life begins at conception and that human life in all its stages of growth and decline are worthy of protection by law.

Libertarians will be more sensitive to a clash of rights between a women's autonomy of her body, and the rights of the unborn child.

UUs, IMO, don't have much of a theology at all here. Disagree with the GOP, but their politics and logic are solid.

Check out this thread and you'll see I'm awaiting a response to the queston: Life begins at conception and ends with death, and whether that life deserves the same protections from State and Society a fundamental question.

JMP said...

I would agree I find a pledge to a candidate odd, but I still don't see it as Hitler-like devotion that some on the right would have us believe. I avoid saying all pledges...even the pledge of allegiance to the American flag.

As for your abortion argument...The problem with abortion is that the focus is totally on the fetus. The woman essentially becomes nothing, or if anything, simply an empty vessel who's whole purpose is for the support of the potential human within her. My opinion? A person is a living, breathing individual; not a fetus (or, by the way, a corporation). The fetus is not separate or independent of the woman, thus is not a person yet, but part of her body. The body is the property of the individual, and the individual should be free to make their own decisions about their body, medical and otherwise. It doesn’t matter if such and such percentage of the population thinks otherwise; let their beliefs rule their own lives, and leave others alone. Some people may believe that life is “sacred” (whatever that means) but sacredness is in the eye of the beholder. For such people, I would point out the popular bumper sticker “Don’t believe in abortion? Don’t have one.” This goes for birth control/reproductive rights also, which also are under attack by conservatives. I really have come to see that this is a “war on women”, and as a woman, I take it personally.

But there are other issues at stake too, which I believe that Republicans (and conservative Democrats) are on the wrong side of, such as LGBT rights, too little regulation of business, realistic ways of fighting poverty, etc. The issues in this election are not simply taxes and the deficit, as the Tea Party Republicans who have taken over the party seem to want to push to the forefront, thinking that is their strong point. I have a lot of relatives who are Republicans of the Radical Religious Right persuasion. Any time I compare a Republican candidate to a Democrat (or other party member) I think, “Who would my relatives support?” since I know I do not want their un-free system in control of either me, or the country. For that reason, I won’t be voting for any Republicans this fall; I do not view them as a viable choice.

JMP said...

A correction: in "...simply an empty vessel who's whole purpose...", who's should be whose.