In Reponse to “I pledge Allegiance (to our world of humankind)…”

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.”

I pledge Allegiance (to our world of humankind)….

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.

Text of Pledge of Allegiance

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.

What-fascism-is

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.

 

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About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.
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9 Responses to In Reponse to “I pledge Allegiance (to our world of humankind)…”

  1. Good stuff and very refreshing to read. The identification of one ‘s nation with the government instead of its people can lead to all sorts of injustice. It’s extremely important to disentangle these various elements so that criticism of a government and its policies, or criticism of a country because of a continuing historical injustice, is not branded treason or unpatriotic. We all have a right to dissent. If we really want democracy – and no nation is truly democratic as yet – then we must challenge power, privilege and wealth when they have been amassed at the expense of the general population.

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    • Tim Gatewood says:

      Jack, thank you. I agree that no nation is truly democratic. What’s sad to see is how many pay lip-service to democracy while moving ever more toward an aristocracy in fact if not yet in law. When 1% have more wealth and power than over 50% of the people, something very undemocratic is going on.

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  3. Anand says:

    “empowered so that they can voice those opinions ”
    The empowerment has happened – but whose?
    “people who are educated so that they can have enlightened opinions”? or “people with blinkers on”? Nobody with blinkers on will accept that they cannot see the complete picture, because for them, what they see is the complete picture.
    Great post. I enjoyed reading it and reflecting upon it. As always.

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    • Tim Gatewood says:

      The miseducation of the public is where the blinders are installed. We the People must be well and truly educated before we can have enlightened opinions and know how to see that our voices are heard by those in power. Alas, our voices are ignored, even those of us who are (by dent of our own efforts or those outside the educational mainstream) somewhat enlightened. So, yeah, it’s hard to Pledge Allegiance to any of the Western countries as they currently stand, for all of them have been taken over by a tiny handful of unelected plutocrats.

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  4. I very much agree with you. As a brit, I became really quite horrified when I did some research into the American Dream for uni. I found a book that in one sentence would lay bare the hypocrisies of the US e.g. major class barriers, and in the next discusses how great the country is and how proud it is to not have a monarchy, suggesting that because of this there is not really any problems with the class divide. In reality, I think that when you establish undying devotion for anything or anyone, you make it so it cannot be questioned and challenged. I think the British (are coming! lol) are a bit lucky in their ability to be both patriotic and critical of our celtic countries, but we have a bizarre shame around being proud of our country. There is nothing wrong in that, as long as you have a reason to be proud. America has a hundred and one reasons to be proud, but the flag is a flag, and the people are far more important.

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  5. Colette B says:

    That’s a very thought-provoking response. I’m glad you were able to overcome reluctance to respond to that prompt and to share some of your thoughts on the issue. Thank you so very much for visiting my post, commenting and expanding on your comment here. Very best wishes, Colette 🙂

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