The Pledge of Allegiance

On July 4th 1776, a small group of men gathered, illegally at the time, and drafted a document to send King George of the British Empire, effectively telling him where to stick it (in so many words). At the end of the document they wrote

-And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

When I was in Mrs. Loman’s first grade class at Fruitdale Elementary School, I would stand up every morning and recite the Pledge of Allegiance with my hand over my heart. I knew what I was saying, what it meant and how important it is.  In the Sixth grade at Prospect Valley Elementary, there entire school did the same thing, (open classroom setting) save for one family, who sat quietly at their desks, while their classmates recited their nation’s pledge. This family was not American, they were from somewhere in southeast Asia. At the time, I thought that was logical, If they were not American, why would we force them to pledge allegiance to another country.

Today, we get this statement from Eugene, OR City Councilwoman Betty Taylor:

…Councilwoman Betty Taylor compared saying the Pledge of Allegiance to reading from “The Communist Manifesto.”

and this….

…Councilman George Brown voted against the compromise, saying the Pledge of Allegiance had no place at City Hall. ?People can say it in their front yard or backyard,? Brown says. ?It really doesn?t help move the city business forward. It does not unite us.?

You can read the entire story here…


NBC edits out the phase “One Nation under God” in a video montage at the beginning of the US Open Three hours later in the same broadcast NBC offer this non-apology, apology:

“We began our coverage of this final round just about three hours ago and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open Championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held in our nation’s capital for the third time. Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone and we’d like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.”

Honestly, I almost more offended by the apology than I am about the editing.

When I recite the pledge, I feel a sense of pride; pride in our country, in all we have faced and overcome , of all the challenges that we have meet, and succeeded. The person who best explains how I feel about our pledge is gentleman by the name of Marion Morrison (John Wayne)

You can listen to it here. here

I know the music is kind of corny, yet the sentiment is the same. The National Anthem still brings a tear to my eye, as I think of all those who gave their all so I can attend that event. I have notice the increased indifference to the pledge, flag, and anthem, blowing off the anthem at a ball game to buy their beer, or hot dogs or whatever. I also notice the veterans, their wives, and children who sheds a tear or two.

In my travels to other countries I noticed the pride the people had their country and their heritage. Singing their nation anthem or saying their pledge isn’t a chore, they are glad to do it, they proudly display their colors and do not put down other nations anthems, or rituals. While overseas, I will sit quietly and wait for them to finish their pledge, song or whatever, just like that family did back in sixth grade.  Most people undstand why I don’t take part in something that is part of their national heritage.

Getting back to Mr. Brown’s statement, I would have to say logically he is correct, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance does not move city business forward, nor does it unite us, it is not suppose to. However, out of pride for our country, it only make sense to stand up like a first grader, place your hand over your heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance. Unless you are ashamed of our country, then please, just sit quietly in your seat while the rest of us show our national pride.

The pledge of Allegiance is what it is. It is not a prayer to God, nor are we not asking you to believe in God, or even acknowledge the presence of God. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance is saying what our forefather stated in that letter they sent to King George. While I may not always agree with your point of view, I pledge with my life, my fortune and my scared honor, your right to life, liberty, and the endless pursuit of happiness. I will fight side by side with you to ensure those rights, because I know you would do the same.

Happy Fourth of July to everyone.

 

 

10 Replies to “The Pledge of Allegiance”

  1. Stace Nelson

    Good to see you posting again! Heck, good to see anyone posting here again!

    There are people in this country who hate our history, our way of life, our freedoms, our country.. Some clothe their hatred in claims of a new age form of “patriotism” in which their manifested dislikes of the USA is claimed to be “patriotic” dissent.

    The best definition of patriotism I have found: “a devoted love, support, and defense of one?s country; national loyalty. ? patriot, n. ? patriotic, adj.”

    South Dakota is ranked #5 in the nation for patriotism in this little study: http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/07/01/most-patriotic-states.html

    Happy 4th of July! Remember that your freedoms were wrested from tyranny by hard men that sacrificed their lives and fought for your freedoms and those freedoms are now protected by men & women doing the same. Those are the ones we celebrate today, not the disgraces in the article. May the Good Lord watch over our service men & women as they man the battlements of our freedoms.

    God bless South Dakota, & the USA.

  2. caheidelberger

    As a dedicated American, the first great nationality based on rational choice rather than blood, I prefer to pledge my allegiance like a rational adult, not a first-grader.

    The pledge you cite was composed by a Christian socialist in 1892. The pledge was conceived in conjunction with a magazine marketing campaign to sell flags to schools and magazines to kids.

    The “under God” phrase that wrongly conflates piety and patriotism was added in 1954. Contrary to your claim, those who recite the pledge unavoidably express a belief in one God. (If I say I am under a truck, I am expressing belief that there is a truck.) As a rational adult who tries to mean every word he says (except for occasional jokes and teasing with my five-year-old), I thus must in good conscience omit that phrase.

    I happily pledge allegiance to this fine Republic. To expect anyone to include in that pledge a declaration of piety does a disservice to the principles of America and of Christianity.

  3. Anonymous


    Red Skelton Pledge of Allegiance.

    Everyone should watch this at least once.

    How sad and unfortunate for those people who do not have a sense of pride about being an American and saying the Pledge. I said it every morning before school with my class when I was a kid.

  4. Stan Gibilisco

    Stace,

    Interesting link! Of the top 10 “patriotic states,” I’d call five of them “liberal” and five of them “conservative.”

    Incidentally, I like the new format for this blog. It’s almost too easy to read!

  5. Stan Gibilisco

    Well, ease of reading doesn’t make for any better ease of typing (typo in the link to my Web site above). Would be cool to have an “edit” feature as well as “post.”

    When I was a student in grammar school (Rochester, Minnesota, during the early 1960s), we said the Pledge of Allegiance first thing in the morning every day, with “under God” included, facing the flag, hands on our hearts.

    I wonder if they still do that at Jefferson Elementary?

  6. Anonymous

    Unless you have served you have no real idea of what it means to be part of the force that provides. You can say all the nice things you want but go serve and see the real world of hate and greed………………. Having been part of a couple of those 3 letter agency’s you have a real feel for the truth not some political jerk trying to make a front page.

  7. CaveMan

    Amen Stace; and God Bless You!

    Caheidelberger; when your end time comes my bet is you won’t get to pick which God you get to choose to justify your own judgement.

  8. caheidelberger

    Funny, Caveman: I didn’t know patriotism was on the checklist at the gates of heaven. As a matter of fact, from my reading of the Bible, I’m pretty sure it’s not.

    But why is it you and the anon above feel such a burning need to convince yourselves that you are not just unique and special but better than other people, that somehow you will get some special favor from which others will be excluded? That attitude is neither Christian nor American.

    Not that I think you’re going to hell for it or ought to be deported or anything like that. I just think you’re wrong and should change your mind.

    1. YMOUS

      Then there are other’s that think your wrong Cory. It’s your party that is trying to eliminate the pledge with or with out the “god excuse”. I personally think you use god as the crux for your want to eliminate patriotism in the pledge. It’s not that I judge your love of country or god, just your judgement in general.