Why are we pledging allegiance to the government?
Shouldn’t our public servants be pledging allegiance to us?
You may have seen my July 4th Patriotism Quiz that was published here a few weeks ago. If not, check it out. The little quiz uses major historical facts to open the reader’s eyes, hopefully, to see that there is a big difference between
One of my questions is about the Pledge of Allegiance. It says, “The original Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who was _____.” Choices are (a) a godly man and patriot who wanted to reinforce
Those same friends came undone when a federal court ruled that under God was unconstitutional. Not me. I hoped they would be so furious that they would never say the Pledge again because its wording problems are not religious but constitutional, e.g. one nation and indivisible. This is the language of centralizing conquerors, not the federalism of the Founding Fathers who formed a union of states rather than a mass nationalism. Adding under God in the 1950s was a well-intended, but terrible mistake giving the oath a pseudo spiritual authority that protects its serious errors from criticism.
The main problem with Bellamy’s pledge is that American citizens should not be pledging allegiance to the government for any reason. This is completely backwards. Our public servants should be assuring us of their faithfulness by adhering to the law and limits specified by the Constitution. It may seem natural to swear loyalty to God and country but not to a metastasizing central government that we often fear and constantly complain about. Nevertheless, we mouth the oath like robots and teach it as a mantra for our children. This should cease.
I pledge Allegiance to the People of the United States of America
And to the Republic sustained by their Consent,
A Federation of Sovereign States,
Constitutional, under God,
With Liberty and Justice for all.
Now that is a philosophy of government the Framers would recognize. If Americans had been hearing this pledge for over a hundred years instead of reciting the Bellamy oath, I wonder what difference it would have made. What we do know is that the Pledge of Allegiance has been helpful in shaping a foolish devotion of generations to an unchecked central government that, as feared, has become “despotic at home and aggressive abroad.”
We Americans have left our first love, and it is not the government. It is a love of country and liberty and the well-being of our people. It is time to get our loyalties straight and restore patriotism to this great land.