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Pledge of Allegiance

July 1, 2015

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Listen to this message. It was my radio commentary 11 years ago – 4th of July 2004.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

That’s the Pledge of Allegiance that we are so proud of, that holds us together as a nation born “under God.” And yet we have among us the critics that rail about separation of church and state – that went to court to try and strip “under God” out of our pledge. The U.S. Supreme Court just two weeks ago sustained those words but without the kind of ringing emphatic endorsement that is deserved. Take note that the pledge acknowledges God but it does not name any particular religion.

At President George Washington’s inauguration he placed his hand on the Bible as he took his oath of office. I put my hand on the Bible when I took my oath to serve President Reagan and the country as Secretary of Agriculture. I have a quarter in my hand and on it I read “In God we trust.” Never mind the fact that there have been those that would take those words off our currency. I know that we can’t pray in schools for fear of offending someone. However, the U.S. Congress still, to this day, opens its sessions with a message from their Chaplain.

Eleven years have passed – yet today, we still hear angry voices challenging our churches and their teachings. Our Supreme Court has ruled in favor of gay marriage. The Christian faith has not joined the Court on that one. I’m not wild about it either, but those are just words. It’s time to move on. The younger generation is ready.

Granted the effort to push God and Christ aside is still with us. Yet, I am encouraged to see the example set by the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and its congregation in Charleston, South Carolina. Sad as they were, they forgave Dylann Roof, a white kid who shot and killed 9 innocent black members of the church. The city came together, blacks and whites, to grieve the loss of their loved ones.

No riots, no looting, no destruction of businesses. Not like Ferguson, Missouri or Baltimore, Maryland. Charleston sets an example for us all. That’s the country we love – “One nation under God with liberty and justice for all.”

Hope you have a happy 4th of July. If you would like to review my radio shows going back more than 20 years, just go on-line to www.johnblockreports.com. Have a great weekend.

Until next week, I am John Block from Washington, D.C.

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June 25 2015

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June 18 2015

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I am just back from the farm, but before I talk about that, I must say I am shocked that the House Democrats, by a wide margin, buried President Obama’s priority piece of legislation – Trade Promotion Authority. The part of…

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June 10 2015

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There is no industry more volatile or more uncertain than agriculture. The draught came and Texas and Oklahoma ranchers had to sell their cattle – not enough feed. Beef prices shot up. We still don’t have enough beef. The…

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Issues of the Day

June 4 2015

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This week, I want to look at a few high profile issues of the day.

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May 27 2015

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We can’t seem to silence or satisfy the loud scream of opposition to GE crops. The reason probably is that up until now we have ignored them. It’s time to stand up and set the record straight.

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May 21 2015

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As a farmer, we understand that if you have something that doesn’t work, you fix it. It will just cost you money if you ignore the problem. Somehow, the federal government doesn’t seem to understand that common sense fact.

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TPA and Budget

May 14 2015

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It was disappointing this week to see the Senate Democrats reject Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Only one Democrat voted for it. Only one Republican voted against it. (How is this for strange bedfellows?) President Obama was on the…

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Down on the Farm

May 7 2015

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I was on the farm last week and early this week. My timing was right. I wanted to be there for the corn planting. We finished and started on soy beans. I have never seen the seeds go in the ground under better conditions. That rich,…

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Raisins

April 30 2015

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The U.S. Supreme Court decides a lot of very serious, high-profile cases – one of them recently is gay marriage. However, just 10 days ago, they heard one about raisins. Yes – raisins.

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TPA 2015

April 23 2015

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There is no shortage of serious issues that need to be addressed. To me, the most important one that the Congress is teeing up is Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch (Utah) and ranking…

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