“I Pledge…”

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

"….to be a servant to our president?"

The creep factor climaxes at the 3:54 mark.

Via Will Wilkinson.

Also, who’s writing the headlines at Reuters?


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93 Responses to ““I Pledge…””

  1. #1 |  claude | 

    “Libertarians support neither Democrats nor Republicans as a whole.”

    Thats because in order to be a member of a political party like the democrats or republicans, you have to give up thinking for yourself in exchange for “group think”. No thanks.

  2. #2 |  Bill | 

    Your point is taken, claude, although in my defense I was still typing my reply when that was posted. However, I prefer:

    “My guess, your wackiness kept you out of a real mans military. Is that why you joined the Army? Cause the Marines wouldn’t take you?

    Next time around, man up.”

    There’s some hard logic to argue with. Clearly, he will teach us of the superiority of Democrats (or whatever he thinks he is) over Republicans, and the Marines over the Army.

    The world trembles in anticipation of his pronouncements vis a vis Coke and Pepsi.

  3. #3 |  Former Army | 

    Soilder [sic] Boy – The Dems just laugh at GOP celebrities. Please show me otherwise.

    See YOUR post, #20.

    So, legalizing pot will stop all the bloodshed in the “seedy border town(s)?” Get off your high horse.

    That’s EXACTLY what I said. Thank you for demonstrating that reading comprehension (and spelling, apparently) is a foreign concept to you. “End the Drug War” ? “Legalize pot so we can get fucked up!” Re-read what I wrote, very slowly and out loud if need be. If you need additional help, find a grown-up.

    My guess, your wackiness kept you out of a real mans [sic] military. Is that why you joined the Army? Cause the Marines wouldn’t take you?

    Do you have anything to offer to this thread besides hypocrisy, hasty generalizations, and extremely lame insults? If all you can bring is a very weak dig at my former employer, it is time for you to crawl back to whatever corner of the internet you oozed from. You’ve obviously got nothing.

  4. #4 |  MacGregory | 

    Well, hell Ga, how could I argue with that? I guess I’m going to have to burn my Army DD214 and forego all of my veterans benefits. And all that time I didn’t realize I was side-by-side with inferior human beings. Now that I think about it, they probably didn’t even give us real ammunition.

  5. #5 |  GaCracker | 

    Goodness, a lot happens when you step out to make some money…

    Let’s see if I can catch up.

    #44 I retract my insult regarding your being in the Army – nice post.

    #45 Thanks for the info.

    #46 I’m a Liberal. Not a Dem or Repub.

    #47 Ignore.

    #48 Ignore.

    #49 I stand by my assertion that the USMC kicks the Army’s ass in ALL aspects.

    #50 I bring the ability to piss you off so I’m pretty happy with that.

    #51 Burn your bra for all I care.

  6. #6 |  MikeL | 

    “I bring the ability to piss you off so I’m pretty happy with that.”

    You are good at what you do. The real question is, is it worth doing?

  7. #7 |  GaCracker | 

    MikeL – I like the blog so yeah, it’s worth my time. If I can generate a visceral response like those above it passes the time nicely. Sometimes a reasoned response shows up and gets a, for me, reasoned response.

    I especially like the responses that pick on spelling!

    Plus, those that self identify as being in the military are the BEST! They usually fall into one of two categories. Either they expect to be worshiped for their service or they’re really keyboard commandos. Either way it’s fun to mess with them.

  8. #8 |  GaCracker | 

    Oh yeah before I forget…


    Pepsi sucks.

  9. #9 |  Former Army | 

    #50 I bring the ability to piss you off so I’m pretty happy with that.

    No, you don’t even bring that. The only thing you bring is a convenient straw man for conservatives everywhere.

  10. #10 |  GaCracker | 

    Soilder Boy – what straw man? Did you take your nitro pills?

  11. #11 |  GaCracker | 

    Soilder Boi – so are you a conservative or a libertarian?

  12. #12 |  GaCracker | 

    Soilder Boi – where are you tough guy? oh noes! maybe he’s working on his crazy skillz with the internet and tracking me downso we can meet man to man and settle this once and for all! Please don’t Soilder BOi! Your scaring meeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    DOn’t worry though SOilder Boi, I’ll find you again and we can have loads of fun.

    DO you like my crazy caps and spelling? I did it just for yu.

  13. #13 |  Bill | 

    All right, Cracker, I’ll at least grant you a sense of humor and, by my daughter’s standards, good taste in soda. Plus, I observe your adoption of small-l libertarian. Well done!

  14. #14 |  GaCracker | 

    Bill – thanks. Despite my written proof otherwise, I’m not a complete idiot.

  15. #15 |  Former Army | 

    Plus, those that self identify as being in the military are the BEST! They usually fall into one of two categories. Either they expect to be worshiped for their service or they’re really keyboard commandos.

    Have you ever met anybody that didn’t fit into some little stereotype? This is the only place where I refer to the military in my screen name, and that only because my first comments here had to do with Army linguists being forced out under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” I figured my comments in that thread would have a little extra credibility if I explicitly identified myself as “Former Army,” especially given all those who claimed that only a serviceman can really understand the need for that stupid policy. From then on, I just stuck with it. If anybody grants me additional respect for something as arbitrary as my former job, that’s on them. Personally, people who blindly worship the military drive me nuts. I cringed every time somebody thanked me for my service simply because I was in uniform, despite having no idea if I was actually worthy of their respect. Blind respect for uniforms seems to lead to a lot of the crap we all read about here.

  16. #16 |  Chris K | 

    This video was originally pandered by Oprah, you know, the closest thing this country will ever have to a pope.

    .: http://www.oprah.com/media/20090119_tows_ipledge

  17. #17 |  GaCracker | 

    FA – damn it. You had to go and be reasonable – my apologies for the asinine #62.

    Still would like answers to #60 and #61 though.

    I’ll stop with the Soilder Boy stuff too.

  18. #18 |  GaCracker | 

    FA – didn’t answer your question so here goes…

    No. You are the first.

  19. #19 |  GaCracker | 

    Dammit I lied FA.

    There’s this guy that fills in here sometimes: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/altercation

    LTC Bob Bateman

    I enjoy his writing and perspective.

  20. #20 |  Former Army | 

    #61: I wouldn’t call myself a conservative by any means, and I don’t know enough about libertarianism to say I am one. If you really, really need a label, perhaps disillusioned liberal?

  21. #21 |  Max | 

    They who stand for nothing will fall for anything.

  22. #22 |  MikeL | 

    Radley, GACracker is a self-admitted troll. I see nothing to be gained by keeping him around.

  23. #23 |  claude | 

    “#50 I bring the ability to piss you off so I’m pretty happy with that.”

    U think far too much of yourself. I spose that evens things out since i think so little of u.

    Yup, youre not from daily kos. U seem more like a “huffer”.

  24. #24 |  Wayne | 

    At least one person in the video should have pledged to stay the fuck out of other peoples’ business.

  25. #25 |  Former Army | 

    #60: In post #20, you definitely fit the country music hatin’ librul™ stereotype that is the straw man of choice of the Palin types. As I said, for every wingnut Neo-con* who sees Alec Baldwin as his mortal enemy, there is some dingbat Librul™* who sees Toby Keith the same way.

    *By which I mean the type of person who only sees an (R) or a (D), and nothing else.

  26. #26 |  InBoulder | 

    Totally creepy. I’m an Obama fan in the sense that I like him better than most politicians, but I have a feeling he’s not really honest. . .

    . . .does that mean I have to be executed?

  27. #27 |  nathan | 

    “I pledge to sell my car and buy a hybrid.”

    Brilliant. The same car is still out burning all that fuel, only now it’s driven by someone who can’t afford to buy a new hybrid. Assuming for the moment that the way to save the world IS to burn less fuel, all you’ve actually accomplished is to move the guilt (blame? shame?) to a poorer* soul’s head. And given him a higher annual fuel cost in the long run. Congratulations!

    *I’m talking poorer by probability only, because there is a small minority of Americans who actually buy cars below their means.

  28. #28 |  KINO | 

    in reply to #24’s Question : Because most Libertarians are like Jedi Knights when it comes to Political debate

  29. #29 |  Mario | 

    I pledge to take a large portion of the time I would normally spend watching the inane pontificating of celebrities and spend it reading the books I’ve been putting off reading.

  30. #30 |  Andrew Williams | 

    I pledge to not make any pledges and to not watch any more videos by self-serving, self-satisfied celebrities. (Although I thought Jason Bateman and Anthony Kiedis’ comments were funny.)

  31. #31 |  Two--Four | 

    […] Warren Meyer and John Venlet both hit on the “weird mass self-hypnosis” of the times. Then comes Balko with the link to that video of self-presumptuous boneheads showing their asses right out in public. […]

  32. #32 |  Lucy | 

    People think that libertarians are paranoid and too easily creeped out by this sort of thing. I would almost agree, except that I just sat in my mandatory communitarian propaganda class at my college and I am utterly horrified at everyone who speaks up in the class.

    There is not one shred of disagreement. A chorus of voices of aparant liberals scorned my questions about individual conscience. I asked if being obligated to governmentsociety stop at any point, and your conscience kicks in. And when is it okay (say, not paying taxes is not okay, but not killing the Jews is.) It worse than I could have guessed. If you used a crosswalk once, you’re obligated to societygovernment. If you want to change the laws, you must run for office or vote or discuss. But never ever break the laws.

    I got polite versions of “love it or leave it” I got “have faith” in government. I got vote and discuss but never, ever break the laws. I thought leftists would at least be for dodging the draft, but no, that’s a love it or leave situation. The spout democracy on one hand, and obeying any laws on on the other.

    This crap isn’t the cozy social safety net — misguided but good intentions — this is people who don’t like individualism, but go about live reaping the comforts of our semi-free society. College is as devoid of ideological diversity as I always heard. Jesus H. Christ.

    I am much more scared about Obama than I was yesterday. If this if the type of person that elected him.

  33. #33 |  Scott | 

    I pledge to enjoy my life and live guilt-free for enjoying the comforts of Western Civilization. I’m gonna drink bottled water, crank up the A/C during the summer, and drive my SUV.

  34. #34 |  Houndowl | 

    The Reuters headline reads: Countdown to Obama presidency as King remembered

    That seems pretty generic. Did it read something else when you posted the link?

  35. #35 |  Danno49 | 

    I pledge to punch the next person who has an obamagasm in my presence right in their wrinklies.

    OK, I won’t do that. But I’ll be doing it my mind.

  36. #36 |  Frank | 

    Anyone else find it hilarious that half of the “pledges” were all part of being a decent human being?

    “I pledge to learn my neighbors’ names”
    “I pledge to be a good mother/father”
    “I pledge to look out for my little sisters”

    I guess Obama is powerful. He got a number of B-list celebrities to willfully admit that they’re the self-obsessed douchebags we think they are.

  37. #37 |  Frank | 

    Also, I think it’s worth noting that the usaservice.org website that they were advertising is actually a pretty good idea, even though this commercial makes it feel very cringeworthy.

  38. #38 |  fwb | 

    Like when did the People forget that it’s the President who is the servant. He serves at OUR pleasure, under OUR rules. The closest job description to his is Head Butler. Check out his enumerated powers. Forget the lie using the unitary executive theory.

  39. #39 |  Blagnet.net » I pledge… | 

    […] is some scary and disgusting shit. Hat tip to one of Radley Balko’s commenters for a working link to a video of this celebrity pukefest: MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present […]

  40. #40 |  Jerry S | 

    fwb – if I was religious I would say a-freaking-men. This is so beyond the creepiness factor its unbelievable. Whether your GOP, DEM, LIB or anyone who has a pulse, this is just awful.

    And if you so want to spend your free time helping others, more power to you, but don’t for a minute think that you should try and guilt others into some form of servitude out of some cult with the ObamaMessiah. I spent 5 years in the military and most of the sheep, I mean people, in this country aren’t worthy of my assistance anymore. Any freedom loving person in this country should feel abject horror at this crap, whether it’s a feel good idea or not.

    Good lord, do people actually think for themsleves anymore?

  41. #41 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Well…we now have a “cringier” video response to “2girls/1cup”.

    Let me be the first to pledge this: when the country is bankrupt due to US debt and you can’t buy food for your starving kids, I pledge to not assign blame and wish well our celebrity lords who emmigrated to New Zealand to avoid this disaster.

  42. #42 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Why didn’t Puff Daddy P. Sean Diddy Combs just pledge not to shoot up cheezy discos or cut back to a dozen bottles of Cristal per night out?

  43. #43 |  glass half full | 

    YOU POOR SAD PEOPLE…all the people that posts these comments are whats wrong with this country.