The League of Women Voters moderator at Wednesday evenings forum in Grayslake, Kathy Tate-Bradish, continues to take a lot of heat on websites and blogs all over the Internet in response to her answer when asked about saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Many are wondering why she didn’t simply ask “If you would all like to say the Pledge of Allegiance, then please stand and join me”. Yet, she went a different direction, as the flag hung proudly behind her, and fumbled for reasons “I have absolutely nothing for or against saying the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of something like this, but…” (You can hear the rest on the YouTube video below.
Others have brought up her close ties and contributions to the Obama’s and his election including involvement with the “Organizing for America” campaign and whether these close ties tainted her from being an impartial moderator. As one who was in the audience and stood up to say the Pledge, I am now labeled a “Phony Patriot” by the head of the LWV, Executive Director Jan Czarnik who was the “project director” for Chicago’s chapter of Project Vote, a project set up and operated by the now discredited and criminal ACORN organization. I honestly thought as the audience member did, who asked the question, that it was an oversight not to start out by saying the Pledge and that the audience response was simply a spontaneous reaction to a poorly worded answer from the moderator.
There are several media outlets and Melissa Bean supporters proclaiming the audience to be a “Walsh crowd“. I commented to people sitting near me that I was surprised that the place wasn’t already packed at the 6:30 start time. That would certainly indicate that Melissa Bean supporters had ample time to grab any available seats. Where were they, you might ask yourself?
Below is Joe Walsh’s response to the whole incident immediately following the forum as well as what the Pledge means to most Americans:
When Kathy Tate-Bradish says in this video that “As a teacher…………”, is she showing difficulty in separating herself from total control over her classrooms versus being a moderator at a political forum?
Sometimes we have a tendency to “insert foot in mouth” but with the power of the Internet, doing so can live on forever to haunt us. Will that be the case for Kathy Tate-Bradish and Jan Czarnik?