I came across the following post from a classmate in the Blogging101 class and she inspired me to write a long response.
The one line in her post that really caught me was this “Intended meaning isn’t always clear and interpreted meaning isn’t always intentional.”
Rather than cluttering up her page with it, I am posting my response here.
I skipped that prompt because of the very mixed feelings which I have about the statement. I belong to several groups that open their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance and, for many of the members, this is a religious (or semi-religious) ritual that must remain unquestioned.
Of course, once you read the history of that Pledge, how it was propaganda written by a Socialist minister who wanted the next generation of school kids to recite his words about “One Nation Indivisible” as a rejoinder to the still-smoldering embers of the Civil War, how the US Congress broke up that crucial phrase to insert “Under God” into it during the Red Scare era, and how America did just fine without any such Pledge for the first 100+ years as a nation, it becomes a bit harder to view it as if it were handed down on graven tablets along with the 10 Commandments.
I DO Pledge Allegiance to the country and the ideals for which it claims to stand (liberty and justice for all). I do NOT pledge allegiance to the fascists and crony capitalists who have taken over this country and your own UK and are trying to take over the world.
Love of your country should be an outgrowth of love of your family and your community. True patriotism recognizes that no country will remain great or worthy of love unless the people who are its citizens are educated so that they can have enlightened opinions, empowered so that they can voice those opinions and have them matter, and actively voicing those opinions in all the halls of power in numbers too big to ignore.