Samizdat
Monday, June 06, 2005
  I Pledge Allegiance ...
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"I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under the guiding principles of the Founding Fathers, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
- The Progressive's Pledge of Allegiance


... but Bridgesitter asked, "What does it mean?" In reply, I wrote the following:


The original Pledge of Allegiance did not have the words "under God" in it. That part was added early in the 1950's during the McCarthy Communist witchhunts.

The new pledge:

"I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under the guiding principles of the Founding Fathers, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The present pledge:

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

In the present pledge, we pledge allegiance to a symbol. In a sense, it is like worshipping an idol that represents God, instead of worshipping God.

In the new pledge, allegiance is given to the Constitution, not a symbol but a solid written document detailing the responsibilities and limits of local, state, and federal governments. It also specifically spells out the rights of citizens - rights that cannot legally be abridged.

The new pledge does not invoke God (or any other deity) showing a clear distinction between allegiance to government and a personal allegiance to religion.

Lastly, the new pledge states "under the guiding principles of the Founding Fathers." To me that means that if there is a question as to interpretation of the Constitution, the question should be settled by referring to the principles the Founding Fathers used to write the Constitution.

--Gar
 
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