Please rise to recite the pledge of alleigance.
Pledging alleigance (read: adherence, devotion, obedience) to the flag is easy. We’ve all done it a number of times, probably since grade school. Like many of the creeds or prayers we say in church it’s easy to go through the motions and not put thought into the implications behind what we are saying.
What we are saying is that we devote ourselves to the flag; what is the flag? The flag stands for America and everything America stands for. Do you agree with everything America stands for? “We” stand for: imperialism, an economy for the wealthy, unacceptable health plans, and a bipartisan and divided country.
Don’t call me a pessimist. This country can be great and I’m blessed to live here. But I don’t have to give my alleigance to the whole thing.
In regards to the religous implications of the phrase “Under God” that may evoke pride in one’s country among many Christians, I question the history behind the phrase. Before this turns into another piece on the constitutional security of such a phrase, keep in mind that it wasn’t added until the fifties during the communist scares – the words were added to draw a distinct religous line between America and the “evil Muscovites.” Do these words really qualify the pledge to such unwavering devotion, or are they only shameless political propaganda?
Don’t take my opinions as an attack on your own beliefs or fath (however misguided) in this country. Still, to those willing to consider: you are allowed to live in a country yet not devote ignorant or unwarranted trust to it. Please, if you feel you need to: rise, put your hand to your heart, and recite those words we all know so well.
I’ll stay put.