When I was young we would recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school every morning. It became rote and I never really thought twice as to what I was saying and how it might not be representative for all Americans. It seems not much has changed.
As I watched Donald Trump pimp for Roy Moore, Trump’s true vision of “Make America Great Again” became crystal clear. Obviously our president agrees with Moore’s statement about when he thought America was great in the past.
“I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction,” Moore said.
So maybe we should begin thinking twice as we recite our Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag if this is what it has come to represent.
I pledge allegiance (the fidelity owed by a subject or citizen to a sovereign or government)
To the flag (a symbol)
Of the United States of America (united except in times of civil war or whenever other issues of disagreement occur).
And to the Republic for which it stands (a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch, i.e., Donald Trump).
One nation (of many tribes)
Under God (specific deity not defined)
Indivisible (don’t laugh).
With liberty and justice for all (except those who disagree with Trump, the tea party, and Fox News).
Ironically, The Pledge of Allegiance was written by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy. And up until 1942 citizens in America extended their arm towards the flag like a Nazi salute rather than placing their hand over their heart. On December 22, 1942, Congress, just before its Christmas break, took care of it. On that day, the amended Flag Code was passed, Section 7 of which decreed that the Pledge of Allegiance should “be rendered by standing with the right hand over the heart.”
I’m sure that once our president realizes that the pledge millions of Americans speak every day was actually written by a socialist, he will move forward in making America great again with a new pledge. And the return of the original salute towards our flag.
I swear to God this sacred oath that to the Leader of the American Empire and people, Donald Trump, supreme commander of the armed forces, I shall render unconditional obedience and that as a brave soldier I shall at all times be prepared to give my life for this oath.”
Our country is under assault. If Roy Moore is elected in Alabama over a man who prosecuted murdering members of the Ku Klux Klan, the people of that state will have spoken. Loud and clear.
And it will become even more difficult for many Americans to recite a pledge of allegiance to a flag and what it has come to stand for. The American people elected Trump. Now is the time for them to stand up and admit it was a mistake. And I can only hope the voters in Alabama will not repeat the same mistake.