posted on Feb, 6 2013 @ 10:54 PM
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).
The flag does not represent a "form of government" it represents a country, the United States of America.
It would be less objectionable if the pledge was only practiced at official events, not in schools, not every single day, forced onto children who are
But on another level, freedom and equity are relative, not absolute. Do we have the freedom to choose a government or country, if we don't like the
American one? No, citizenship limits the "Right To Work" to the country that grants the citizenship (it typically comes with birth, not choice). And
most people have very little chance of disassociating from it.
How and why is the population forced to pledge allegiance to country it has not chosen?
It is not the best form of government KNOWN to man, it is the best form of government IMPOSED on man. No, strike that, it WAS...