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Originally posted by Marked One
Personally I agree. If you don't like reciting the pledge of allegiance then what are you doing being American?
The US is seen as an aggressive nation because we do what other's are incapable, or unwilling to do; what needs to be done. We free people from sadistic dictators. What they choose to do with that freedom isn't on us.
If you don't like reciting the pledge of allegiance then what are you doing being American
Originally posted by TheLoony
Here's a link to James Clavell's "The Children's Story".
The Children's Story
It would be real easy for this to happen. I could say more in response to certain peoples in this thread but I would rather not argue. Just read the story, it's very short and should make anyone think, I would hope.
Originally posted by wylekat
I'll recite the pledge right after this country stops being corporate run, flabby, retarded, and glued to the tube. I left out, greedy, stupid, and coming soon: Genocidal.
As it stands now, the thing needs rewritten:
I pledge allegiance to the corporations, who guide my daily life, and to the lawmakers who grow fat on my sweat, effort, and tears. There is no republic, it's been brought to it's knees. There's liberty, and justice for the rich, and the eventual imprisonment and slavery of the rest. One nation, in debt, for the enrichment of our leaders.
This place has certainly gone downhill since I was born into it.
Originally posted by silo13
reply to post by stevegmu
What I find interesting, is that many Europeans have a dislike or distrust of those who are patriots.
I live in Europe - Sicily (Italy) and I've yet to find one person who is not patriotic to the very heart and core.
I wonder where you got your generalization from?
Originally posted by stevegmu
reply to post by quackers
I can understand why some would have trouble with patriotism. I have to believe such individuals come from countries for which there is nothing to be proud of. Call us fat and lazy all you want, but people die trying to get here. It seems the most vocal anti-Americans are just jealous, or angry because they aren't Americans.
Originally posted by quackers
The United States was founded by fanatical zealots who also just happened to be racist bigots, and as it would happen, very little has changed over the centuries.
Originally posted by Ismail
Anyone who does not comprehend that imaginary lines drawn on maps do not represent much in the grand scale of things needs medical attention. We are human, where we are born is irrelevant. We were born on planet earth. People who fail to see this simple point are not worthy of the priviledge of being human.
I pledge alleigence to the human kind, and cherish my fellow man. I proclaim that he who dwells in foolishness, stuborn arrogance, and division, thus failing to see that we are one, has forfeited his right to be acknowledged as a man, and will therefore be adressed in consequence. As an enemy of my species and of that which I love.
[edit on 22-9-2009 by Ismail]