Skip to main content

Just this......

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.

Just Sayin.

Has anyone been thinking about what this pledge means to them, after the election?

I learned this in kindergarten.   Didn't you?  Citizenship  101.  The secessionists did too.

Perhaps as in so many things learned in kindergarten, it went into our consciousness along with nursery rhymes.  The words are abstract concepts that babies cannot understand at that age.

By the time one is capable of abstract thought and capable of understanding the meaning of words such as allegiance, indivisible, liberty and is distracted by hormones and daily living----so that it becomes something said rarely, and only at ceremonial occasions.

There was a time in my life when I did not say the pledge.  During the 1960's, when my people were being attacked in the streets with dogs by the police; when little girls were bombed in churches; when my little old pastor led our tiny church on a march through our very racist city; when my friends were being sent home in body bags from Vietnam; I found it hard to say it sincerely.  I stood for it, silently and in protest, not wanting to say it until I could say it with sincerity.

I've grown up.  I have been able to say it  as an adult, since Clinton was elected.  I have never said it with more sincerity than I do now.   Why?  Because I understand how important that pledge is in holding our country together.  A tiny little pledge.  A huge pledge.    

I mean it now.   Do you?

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site