Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I Pledge Allegiance...

How long has it been since you recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag? Without hesitation, could you recite it without error?

"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."

Citizens of the United States of America should be standing, right hand over heart, and reciting this pledge on a regular basis; just as it was done when some of us were young. It seems that much of the pride in our country has diminished over the past few decades, to the point where the Pledge is rarely heard or quoted.

Recently, a story made the news about a high school student's fight to get the Pledge back into the classrooms. He met resistance at every level. He was told that the school would have trouble finding teachers who knew the Pledge. When the controversy gained national attention, the school compromised by allowing the Pledge to be recited, by any students interested, in a hallway prior to the start of school.

What does the Pledge mean?

I, a citizen, make a solemn promise of loyalty (the opposite of treason or treachery) to the Flag (the emblem flown representing our nation) of the United States of America, and to the Republic (the form of government initiated by our Founding Fathers) for which the Flag represents, it is one nation made up of individual states united and not able to be divided, under the protection and guidance of God the Father, and which offers freedom and justice to all.

Did you notice that the Flag represents the Republic, specifically? The Flag has thirteen stripes, one for each of the thirteen colonies. It has 50 stars, one for each of the states. It stands for the individualism of the various states, which have joined together for mutual benefit and formed a Republic form of government. A Republic is a government where the people elect others to represent them and to make the laws whereby we are governed. A Democracy, on the other hand, is a government where the majority of the people rule. Another way it has been explained, a Republic is a nation with the rule of law and a Democracy is a nation with the rule of men.

So, what happens if our country is transformed into a democracy that no longer follows the laws, no longer desires to be under God, or protect the freedom of it's citizens on an equal basis, or meets out justice depending on politics or race? What about the "indivisible" part? When we are being led by people who have the desire to divide and conquer their opposition, who intentionally separate us into groups and classes, who play one race against another, etc.; do we have a united set of states forming one country, any longer?

Part of the problem is the lack of education existing in many of our people. Our enemy has been busy dumbing-down our country. As of this point in time, it is not too late to turn things around. It can begin by you doing what you can do to provide accurate education and information to those around you.

We have help on the way. There is a reader of this blog who has accepted the challenge to use his blog to teach us the Constitution and the period of history surrounding the founding of our country. At the present time, he is working on this project and as soon as he is ready, you will be notified of the address for his blog. As you can imagine, this is quite an undertaking.

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