Originally posted by Kingbreaker
My question is why does every little thing in this country have to be knit-picked
I think you mean "nit picked".
Anyway, I think it's a good exercise to periodically examine things like this. If not good, at least harmless. I'm a child of the 50s & 60s and we
said the Pledge every morning in school. It's a respect thing, and I see nothing wrong with promoting it, but I'd certainly have a problem with
making it mandatory.
The way I've always seen it, it's what it says it is. A pledge of allegiance. The flag is the symbol used, the actual pledge is to the nation.
One indivisible nation. Which was founded under God, whether you agree with that, or not. Think about that before you're quick to dismiss the
importance of that. The Declaration clearly states our rights are inalienable and endowed by our Creator. Says nothing about any particular sect,
denomination or creed. Christianity never enters into it.
The alternative is that they were made up by men, and what is granted by Man can be revoked by Man. Do you want those inalienable rights to be
endowed by Man and subject to recall? I don't. Even if you believe with all your might that there is no God, for this purpose you're better off if
most of the whoevers in charge believes, or acts as though, your basic human rights come from somewhere other than some guys deciding what your basic
rights ought to be.
So the pledge is allegiance to a single unified nation, founded under God, with liberty and justice, for all. That's the ideal and the one to bear
in mind when taking the pledge. Not allegiance to the suits in DC, not to the international financiers. To the nation, with an ideal of a single
nation whose rights are inalienable, meaning cannot be taken away
. That's bad? I think, when saying the pledge you're also committing to
seeing to it that the country adheres to those ideals as much as possible, and in the event we go off course, you've pledged to work for correction.
Now if I, as a benevolent dictator/philosopher king wanted to create a pledge that was in the best interests of the citizenry, I don't think I could
create a better one. And if I was a venal politician or conscienceless corporatist, it's the last thing I'd want to hear the citizenry pledging.
No, if there's a malevolent "Them" out there, they don't mind your saying the pledge, but they sure as hell don't want you thinking too much
One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. That's the country I pledge to. That's the country I aspire to have. Put God in the
pledge, or take it out individually, as you see fit. It depends upon where you want to put your faith and trust.
Hey, just opinion. Say it, or don't.