Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Pledge

Here's my beef with the pledge of allegiance. It's a pledge of allegiance to a flag. That's right, we pledge our allegiance to a piece of cloth... doesn't anyone else find that strange. Oh wait, that's right, we also pledge our allegiance to "The Republic" for which the flag stands. So we are supposed to obey the republic, ok, I'm getting it. Next...

One nation- ok, so that's supposed to remind us that it's not two nations, or three, or many. Ok, got it.


Indivisible- Ya, this is the part that really gets me, it's an echo from that whole "one nation" part. This is supposed to remind us of the sorry southern saps who had the audacity to disagree. That's right, they had some crazy idea that they could leave the republic if the republic treated them like dirt. Where'd they get that crazy idea? (Old Honest Abe should know, he quoted from the declaration of INDEPENDENCE at Gettysburg!)

I mean serious, what is so good about being bound to the republic? Do we believe in Thomas Jefferson when he so eloquently stated in the D.o.I. "When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another..." Oh ya, that's right, Jefferson believed there were certain conditions, that if met, would warrant a people dissolving their government.

In school we were taught that the "civil" war (which I call "The War of Northern Aggression") was about freeing the slaves. I will not waste any of my time attempting to convince you this was not the case, if you believe it, you probably have never read a book. It was not about freeing the slaves. The end.

Might I recommend several books that will give you a very clear understanding of what the War of Northern Aggression was really about- "The Real Lincoln," Thomas DiLorenzo, "Lincoln Unmasked," also by Thomas DiLorenzo, and "Lincoln the Man," by Edgar Lee Masters. When you read these books the first thing you will realize is this- YOU'VE BEEN LIED TO YOUR WHOLE LIFE about "Honest" Abe and the true cause of the War of Northern Aggression ("civil" war.) You will also realize how wrong it is to take the pledge of allegiance. 

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