Someone on FB asked for comments on this link. In that article… it’s not worth reading but feel free… Healy spends most of the article discussing the history of of the author of the original pledge. Even bringing his cousin into it and managing to circle in a reference to Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He forgot to mention that the authors great, great, great, nephew’s step brother was a pedophile but otherwise does a good job of proving that the pledge is a Socialist’s wet dream.
This resulted in everything from avowed atheists proclaiming that “Under God” is unconstitutional to people claiming that it’s a nationalist genuflection to the state. I call hockey pucks.
Here’s what the pledge of allegiance means to me, personally.
I pledge allegiance
A most solemn promise to ally with, protect and defend.
to the flag of the United States of America,
A flag under which I have personally seen the blood of Americans spilled in your defense. If they could die for it (and for you) then I can pledge my intent to ally with it against all comers. I know what the colors used in my flag mean and I understand the symbolism of the shapes.
and to the republic for which it stands,
The whole republic. Fifty states covering most of a content and more. Nowhere in this pledge do I kneel before the Government of this nation or any state thereof. I pledge allegiance to the republic. That is, all states, all citizens.
I took another oath, that one to the Constitution, and by extension the republic for which IT stands.
I swore to support and defend it against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I swore that I would bear true faith and allegiance to the same. I finished that oath with the words, So Help Me God.
When I said those words I knew what they meant. Every damned one of them. I probably understood more about them than anyone else in the room. If that domestic enemy is the State or any state thereof and it attempts to destroy this republic I will defend the republic.
one nation under God,
Knowing full well that this was added by acclamation in 1954 and knowing in my heart that no man, and by extension, no country can stand without the blessing of God. Whether you believe in God or not, I do and since I do this nation suffers his benevolence.
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
I have sworn my allegiance to the flag and to the republic for which it stands. I have sworn my allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America. To allow that republic to become divided is a crime against those oaths.
Simple as that.
I may not agree with the folks on the other coast but I won’t let them divide the country. I may think that Texas would make a great country all on its onesy but I won’t let them divide the nation either.
So Help Me God.
So there it is. Jinksto’s take on the state religion. Delivered in succinct easily digestible sentences. Reckon all that time genuflecting to the State in Mrs LeBleu’s First Grade School Room really did a number on me.
What say you?
(Thanks Matthew :0)
Thank you GreyBeard, I had never seen this but it’s fantastic.