Is The Pledge of Allegiance Un-American?
The Pledge of Allegiance has always struck me as a ritual that is in complete opposition to the principles upon which the U.S. was founded. It reeks of blind obedience to the state; something that is more in line with totalitarianism.
No other Democratic country has a Pledge of Allegiance. I believe only one other country had such a pledge -- can't remember which country, at the moment.
It's also interesting to note that the author of The Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy, was a socialist, and critic of the capitalist system.
The whole controversy over whether or not the words under-God should be included in the text of the Pledge has always been a non-issue, to me. The bigger issue is whether or not we should even be clinging to such an antiquated display of patriotism which, in my opinion, has never represented what this country professes to be about.
Patriotism is something that should come from the heart, and be a free choice. You can't instill true patriotism in your country's citizens by having them perform such a mindless ritual as The Pledge of Allegiance.
If you embrace your inner child any harder, you'll suffocate the little bastard!
Last edited by kjh62 : 12-28-2007 at 02:28 PM.