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Pledge What ?

March 31, 2016

Allegiance

Pledge nothing of the sort.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

In its original form it read:

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added. At this time it read:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy’s daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

from USHistory.org

Recently, my granddaughter recited this to me, and while I was impressed with her memory skills. My heart was a little crestfallen, that the individuality spirit breaking indoctrination process has begun.

The following could just as easily be taught.

I pledge allegiance to myself,
As a citizen of the world.
And to the resonance
Of which I’m inspired

Sharing notions of peace
Determinably inclusive
With liberty and reverence for all.

On a more optimistic note, maybe the Lewis Black notion of the pledge being nothing more than a “cup of coffee” for elementary school students.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

“Oh, Fuck, I’m in school” Let’s say it again, I need a second cup.”

For a while,  I thought I had tinnitus,  until ideas like the one immediately above surfaced and the ringing in my ear is actually a chorus of angels hooting and hollering that I chose not to have any biological mini versions of me. I can only imagine how ill functioning they’d be.

Another reason I know to keep my thoughts to myself and post my counter contrarion ideas to this blog.

I can only hope that by exposing these radical unconventional thoughts here is that later I will reread them and a lesson I needed to learn from will be apparent.

It probably all stems from, falling for

Steve Martin’s

“Non-Conformists Oath”

“I promise to be different,

I promise to be unique,

I promise not to repeat things, other people say”.

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From → humor, kids, Quotes, random

One Comment
  1. Good points. I remember standing and saying the pledge of allegiance in the mornings at elementary school. The camaraderie of the thing was really the only impact it had on me until much, much later when I learned how effed up religion and government were, sleeping together in secret as they were.

    I also remember being told that I could survive a nuclear attack by hiding under my wooden desk and ducking my head between my legs, so the whole system was clearly rotten and replete with lies.

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