The Pledge of Allegiance and today’s AmericaPosted by Deb Lea Benefiel on November 2, 2014
Until watching Dinesh D’Souza’s “America”, words to describe The Pledge of Allegiance failed to convey what it meant. The pledge is a declaration of love for this great country called The United States of America. In D’Souza’s words, it is the idea of America that makes it so great.
It’s been suggested the pledge should be done away with because of its socialist origins. Others say it should only be a pledge to our constitution. I think the pledge is perfect the way it is. It is the idea it conveys to the rest of the world of what our country represents. It is the symbol of that idea we are pledging our allegiance to.
Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister (who was later forced out of the church for preaching socialism) and also a member of the Socialist Party, was hired in 1891 by James Upham to write the pledge for the purpose of encouraging public schools to fly the flag. This was to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Columbus “discovering” the Americas. Bellamy took advantage of the opportunity as a way to further his socialist beliefs. The original version Bellamy penned was, “I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. Those words convey a completely different meaning from the ones we know today, “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.”
These words are our declaration of love and support for the idea which is America. We are not pledging to the flag itself, we are pledging to what it stands for! No other country does this. We are unique in every way. There are those that want to destroy this idea so they seek out ways to attack from within.
If you choose to not say the pledge, you are free to do so. It’s based on the idea our flag represents. If you do not want to believe our country was built on Judeo-Christian values and think “under God” isn’t appropriate, don’t say it! Nobody is forced to believe what they don’t because of the idea of freedom of religion.
If you don’t support the pledge or the ideas it represents, it does make me wonder; why are you here? If the idea of the United States of America and pledging allegiance to it is so repulsive, why are you here? You are free to leave any time you wish. The rest of us will wish you well, say a prayer for you and send you on your way with a big God Bless America.
You see, this is a unique and quite wonderful country and we want to keep it that way. We are free because of the idea. And the pledge? It reminds us of it every time we stand proudly and recite it.
Deb Lea Benefiel
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