New Hampshire Dem lawmaker literally changes Pledge of Allegiance to say ‘and justice for some’

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A Democratic politician in New Hampshire changed the Pledge of Allegiance during a recent meeting, saying “and justice for some” rather than “justice for all.”

As reported by WMUR, Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli was lambasted by Republicans when she made the change during a council meeting last week.

The council habitually recites our nation’s Pledge at the beginning of all its meetings, a tradition that has remained unchanged even though they are now being held telephonically because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Each councilor calls in to meetings from home, the local outlet reported.

Other councilors and Gov. Chris Sununu said the Pledge correctly during a Wednesday meeting, but Pignatelli was heard saying at the end of it, “…with liberty and justice for some.”

“I don’t say it all the time, but it has been clear to me since this coronavirus has started that we need to make some more progress if we’re going to call ourselves a country with liberty and justice for all,” Pignatelli, who is currently serving her fifth term, told WMUR.

It isn’t clear what kind of additional ‘progress’ she was talking about, but generally, when Democrats make such claims, it’s some sort of message pertaining to ‘social justice,’ in and of itself is an indeterminate phrase.

Needless to say, Pignatelli’s alteration of the Pledge drew criticism, including from former state Senate Majority Leader Bob Clegg, who has announced he will be challenging her for her District 5 seat as a Republican.

“The Executive Council chamber is no place for this kind of disgraceful, radical behavior,” Clegg said. “On the eve of Memorial Day, a holiday to celebrate and honor the fallen and injured members of the military that defended our country and our flag, Councilor Pignatelli chose to pull this disgusting stunt. She owes New Hampshire veterans and veterans across our nation an apology.”

He added that he’s called on the council to condemn her for her action.

The New Hampshire Republican Party has released a video showing the Democratic councilor reciting the Pledge in an altered manner, with party chairman Steve Stepanek calling Pignatelli’s behavior “disgraceful” while demanding she apologize to veterans and all state residents.

“This just shows how disconnected from reality the Democratic majority in Concord is,” he said.

For her part, Pignatelli told WMUR that the altered Pledge wasn’t related in any way to the Memorial Day observance.

“It had nothing to do with Memorial Day,” she said. “My father and my brother served honorably, and I honor them on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, along with all of our current and past service members.”

Rather, she said, “The coronavirus has pointed out and made it clear that we are not a country where everyone is considered equal and we have a lot more work to do to make this country a place where liberty and justice can live up to its promise.

“This pandemic has shone a bright light for me about the inequities in our country. That’s what this is about. Nothing more,” she continued, without really explaining what disparities the pandemic has highlighted.

“Some people may want to make it about more. I see that now,” she said. “But it’s not. That’s why I’m in government, so I can try to make people’s lives a little bit better.”

In an email Pignatelli shared with WMUR she was sharing with “interested people,” the Democrat noted, “This COVID-19 pandemic has shown a bright light on the inequities in our society. We have always known about the unfairness in the way some people are treated but now it is crystal clear. We surely have much work to do to make it a more fair society, don’t you agree?”

Again, she mentions “inequities” and “unfairness” related to the outbreak but doesn’t get specific about the claims.

So far as we can tell, all assistance provided by local, state, and federal governments is being given without any qualifiers such as race, ethnicity, or social status.

Perhaps at some point Pignatelli will explain the ‘inequities’ she keeps referring to.

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