The League of Women Voters is clearly patriotic.
Glenn Beck is clearly insane.
I am a member of the League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area.
Glenn Beck is still insane.
From Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters:
It is unbelievable that anyone would suggest that the League of Women Voters is unpatriotic, but it is happening, right now. And frankly, it’s a bit scary.
League offices and League volunteers are receiving threats because of the League’s nonpartisan role in sponsoring and moderating a congressional debate in Illinois.
We are just not going to stand for it. With your support we will stand proud, “Making Democracy Work” in our fair and nonpartisan way.
Here’s the almost unbelievable story: someone in the crowd at a Congressional debate hosted by a local League in Illinois called for the Pledge of Allegiance, and when told that this was not part of the pre-negotiated agreement reached by the candidates, many stood and recited it anyway.
One of the candidate’s campaigns put the video up on the Internet soon afterwards—so it was likely a planned stunt. And now, fueled by Glenn Beck, conservative extremists are calling in threats to League offices and local League volunteers’ homes, accusing us of opposing the Pledge and being unpatriotic.
But you and I know the truth.
The League of Women Voters and our members are patriotic to their core—in the way that makes a difference each and every day.
Like you, we are average citizens who put our time and money into making democracy work in our communities.
We sponsor nonpartisan debates. We publish nonpartisan voters’ guides. We assist in voter registration. We are active in our communities not only at election time but throughout the year.
No matter what craziness Glenn Beck and the misled and misinformed circulate, the League of Women Voters and our members will continue our important work.
These far-fetched attacks are just a distraction from next week’s pivotal midterm elections.
Thank you for helping us keep the discourse civil and advancing our work to engage citizens in meaningful and productive ways.