Because I am a writer, you might imagine it would be easy for me to put my anger and pain into words.
You might think it would be simple enough for me to describe the brutality our current president has brought to our country for the past four years or the shame and frustration I felt as I watched a mob of misguided lemmings follow his lead, storm the U.S. Capitol, and pillage it on January 6, 2021.
But it is not.
It appears (to at least half of us and the rest of the world) that we have lost our bearings, sense of righteousness, and humility. The rest (some of whom smashed windows, dishonored our House and Senate chambers, and scaled walls for a selfie) are content to wallow in lies, deception and misinformation.
Most of this destruction was perpetrated by a man who has no moral compass, no interest in the well-being of our nation’s citizens as we wander for another day through the darkness of this pandemic, as we watch the death toll grow, as we wait for a vaccine that is slow to arrive.
It’s time for a history lesson. It’s time to examine The Pledge of Allegiance–something I learned and recited in first or second grade as I stood by my desk with my hand over my heart back in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri.
It’s time to ask: Do these words mean anything anymore? Do we still believe and adhere to these words that open our congressional sessions and have served as guideposts for our children, adults and–most important–government officials to follow?
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.
If they do, we need to hold all of those involved–including the current president and his enablers– accountable for their treasonous and criminal behavior. We need to remove them from their offices, fire them from their jobs, convict them of their crimes.
We need to uphold our civil rights and liberties for the masses. We need to ensure there is justice for all.
6 thoughts on “The Pledge of Allegiance”
A very strong piece. Good job!!
Thank you Tom!
Did the pledge ever mean anything? Not to the millions of grade-school kids forced to recite it. Allegiance, do they even know what that means? Indivisible? In second grade the teacher made Ned Osgood (who recently move from Canada) recite the pledge solo. He was under the impression that we were invisible with liberty and justice for all. It’s an interesting topic to write about because a pledge of allegiance is the only thing trump craves (demands) from Americans. And through his unfailing twitter admonishments of anyone who disagrees with him, trump has conditioned the entire republican party to tow his line. It won’t happen, but it’s the republican party that needs to pull trump from office. It’s the only way they’ll regain part of their soul.
We didn’t know what all the words meant, but we knew the thrust of the message. That there was a standard to live by in a country with aspirations. That we were all accountable to be good citizens. In Trump’s world, this is meaningless, but not in mine.
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The Pledge helped us learn what those words meant. We need to reinforce those values while minds are still young.
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Precisely … and our children are watching all this mayhem.