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Originally posted by Dfairlite
We aren't pledging oursrelves to the government, but to an ideal. Let's dissect
I pledge alegiance to the flag of the United States of America
Translation: I promise loyalty to the FLAG of the United States of America
And to the Republic, for which it stands
Translation: and to a form of government which is made up of representatives of the people
With liberty and justice for ALL
Translation: with freedom and equity for everyone.
So we're pledging to back a flag that has it's own symbolism, none of which is statist. As well as a form of government that is the best form of government known to man (The current version of which, is not commendable, but the idea of a republic sure is).