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.”
…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.