Daryl Dudley, the Fourth Ward Chamber of Commerce candidate, is proposing an ordinance that would require the council to recite the Pledge of Allegiance before any council meeting or work session. According to my 2004 American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of fascism is as follows: "Totalitarianism marked by right-wing dictatorship and bellicose nationalism."
To me, Mr. Dudley's proposal is an indicator of bellicose nationalism, and thus, of creeping fascism. Reading the Bill of Rights before each City Council meeting or work session would be far, far better. The Constitution of the United States is what we grown-ups are concerned about, not pledges of allegiance.
Wendy Hofmann is a Columbia resident.