The Pledge of Allegiance has been a ubiquitous entity in American culture since its creation in 1892 (formally adopted in 1942). Its current iteration goes as follows:
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.
While the words themselves are often a source of contention (especially the “under God” part), this post will simply focus on one simple fact that many people seem to overlook in their zeal to ostracize any who do not fall into line with the “norm.”
It concerns the part with liberty and justice for all.
Many would argue that America was founded on an ideal of freedom. Evidence of this notion can be found not only in that line of the Pledge, but also in the final line of the Star-Spangled Banner:
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
The Land of the Free. Many of the nation’s patriots can often be heard extolling the virtues of respecting our veterans, especially those who sacrificed their lives (do not misunderstand me; I hold veterans and those who died in high regard). A common thread is that our veterans fought and died for our freedom. Since these people seem to hold such acts in high esteem, it stands to reason that freedom is important. Indeed, at a glance it would seem that these people really value freedom.
Yet that very notion of freedom disappears as soon as someone doesn’t want to stand or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Do they not realize that if something is mandatory, it is no longer a freedom or a right, but a mandate? Never mind that asking children to swear allegiance to anything is ridiculous, as they cannot in any way be expected to understand what they are pledging their allegiance to (many adults don’t even understand), which makes it not a gesture of personal allegiance, but one of indoctrination, and as I’ve said before, indoctrination is slavery.
In case that might not have gotten through, let me simplify.
If you must force something onto someone, you are doing the opposite of freedom.
Because of this, you cannot claim to value freedom and liberty anymore, as you would then be completely full of shit. Freedom is about having the option, the choice, the capability to decide for yourself whether or not you do something. I also spoke about this in regards to freedom of religion. It’s not freedom anymore if you no longer have a choice. So think about that. Do you really value freedom or do you really only give a damn about people’s choices as long as they’re in line with your own?
Either you give a shit about freedom or you’re just another idiot trying to pass yourself off as an actual patriot. I contend that real patriots espouse the belief that America was founded on a notion of freedom. If you don’t believe in “liberty and justice for all,” you are not an actual patriot, and you should stop calling yourself one.