There is a great clamor in America to once again make the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance by children beginning their school day mandatory
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.
This is such mindless crock. Children as young as 5 are being forced to recite – and someday honor – something they don’t understand. And by the time they are ready, they are so tired of it they just go through the motions to please adults and that behavior becomes part of their later life to do what they need to to get by but not mean it.
The Pledge must come from the heart with understanding and wanting to be part of what it represents. But like many things, like abortion, kids are taught this is right and this wrong but not given the history to understand. Generally right and wrong is what morals are are about but not in this case, there is no right or wrong taught just required.
And I think a great number of people have no idea of just what the pledge means given that at any one time 50% percent of the country does not support the federal government which is what the pledge is all about
The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of loyalty to the federal flag and the republic of the United States of America, originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942
The parents teach their children they don’t have to obey the government but yet insist of a mandatory recital of allegiance to that same government?
Before such a pledge can have meaning, a person; a child, must be taught the entire history of what they are making such a allegiance to, from the days of the American Revolution to current times. A child must know the good and bad and when old enough, make a decision to participate. And, knowing what I know how, I refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance because even in the “good times” when the government was suppose to be trustworthy the government did awful things to their citizens. And it started early.
In the 1840’s, President Andrew Jackson usurped the rights of the Cherokee to their lands in Georgia even after the US Supreme Court upheld the rights of the Cherokee. Jackson responded by tell the Supreme Court that if they wanted to enforce their ruling, they could get their own army. Resulting in the disgraceful “Trail of Tears”. But the Cherokee got their revenge by winding up on top of massive oil deposits on Oklahoma
In the 1930’s, the United States experimented on people in Central America. In the 1940’s, the US government experimented on black citizens. In the 1950’s, the US government experimented on it’s soldiers with nuclear detonations. In the 1960’s, the US government experimented on unknowing people with LSD. The 70’s brought us Richard Nixon. The 80’s brought us Iran-Contra. The 90’s brought us Bill and Monica. The list goes on till now with Barack Obama with what is becoming an unending strings of scandals that not only rival Nixon, but exceed him.
So allegiance to the government? Not a chance. But allegiance to the principles as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Bill of Rights? Hell yes!!
It’s not the people I would pledge allegiance to, but the ideas because ideas transcend the ages and people’s weaknesses and hold us to the highest ideal, not the lowest common denominator.
The song, “Teach Your Children” by CSN&Y shows the meaning of the importance of teaching your children meaning and depth, not only of the pledge, but of everything . . . .
Nash, who is also a photographer and collector of photographs, has stated in an interview that the immediate inspiration for the song came from a famous photograph by Diane Arbus, “Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park.” The image, which depicts a child with an angry expression holding the toy weapon, prompted Nash to reflect on the societal implications of messages given to children about war and other issues.
Don’t teach kids that something is right or wrong, teach them history and meaning and when they are old enough, they can decide for themselves – form the heart, with conviction and devotion that is genuine and not forced. Because the government is fully at odds with what the pledge is intended to represent. The adults have no idea of what they are supporting because they were not taught the history, meaning and value of what the Pledge is meant to represent “. . . . liberty and justice for all” – that is everyone, not just the people you like or agree with.