by BRAD ROLLINS
Sam Brannon, the gypsy politician who is running for Hays County Commissioner, refuses to pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag, saying it is a matter of personal conscience.
In an exchange about a year ago, Pct. 2 Constable James Kohler rose in court to call out Brannon for standing silently without his hand over his heart during the ceremonial recitation of the pledge at the beginning of each court session.
“I’ve never seen anybody not salute, not put their hand over their heart, when we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. If they can’t pledge allegiance to that flag, they need to get the hell out of the United States,” Kohler said, adding that it did not likewise bother him that Brannon declines to bow his head for the court’s invocation.
“Who said court isn’t interesting?” County Judge Bert Cobb quipped.
Brannon stood up to say, “Thanks for noticing, constable. My allegiance is to God and my fellow man.”
There will surely be voters to whom this is a non-issue and, admittedly, it doesn’t exactly keep me up at night. But I did want to put this information in the public sphere for those Republican voters to whom it does make a difference whether their aspiring commissioner refuses to pledge our nation’s flag.
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