Pro tip: The pledge of allegianceSubmitted by Faithkills on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 14:28
We are asked to pledge allegiance to a flag because a flag is a symbol whose meaning is mutable. They get people to worship a flag, and then they can be told the flag stands for whatever they want, 'democracy', 'security', etc.
Some of you may refuse to pledge whatsoever on moral grounds and I certainly understand.
But some of you may not feel comfortable remaining silent, but also not feel comfortable pledging allegiance to a scrap of cloth. Liberty folk tend to be in situations where the pledge is recited more than most people and we are often trying to help others along the path. We don't want to alienate those we are trying to help, but we don't want to violate our principles.
So if you don't want to remain silent, you can pledge something like this, which is what I pledge:
I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the Republic, which it defines, 50 states, under God, divisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The best part is people may hear you, and ask you a question.
As a veteran I have no problem pledging allegiance to the Constitution, which I already took an oath to uphold. Again some of you may think pledging is immoral even to the Constitution. I understand, but if you're going to pledge, I really hope people will stop pledging to a flag. Our fallen veterans didn't die for a flag. They may have been lied to and used, but in their hearts they died for a principle, not a symbol.
A key point in this version, for me, is it reinforces that the Constitution defines the Republic. The Republic does not define the Constitution. The Constitution is not 'living'. The Supreme Court does not decide what is Constitutional or not, the Constitution does not grant this authority anywhere, it merely arrogated this authority in Marbury vs Madison. The Supreme Court is merely the government telling the government that it is ok to violate the Constitution.
You may think '50 states' is too edgy and want to use the regular 'one nation'.
You may be an atheist and not want 'under God' in there. That's fine but you're going to annoy people needlessly and if you are really an atheist then it doesn't hurt anything, it's no more harmful than saying 'one nation under Whipped Cream'. What does it matter what the states or the nation is under? You're aren't pledging to that thing, you are pledging to the Constitution.
You may not like 'divisible'. I understand, but if you are pledging allegiance to the Constitution, you are on sketchy ground saying 'indivisible'.
The Constitution does not grant the authority to invade a seceding State, quite the opposite. The Tenth Amendment makes clear no powers not made explicit are granted. This may come as a surprise, but it should not.
Freedom of association.
You may not murder your husband or wife if they want to leave you. You may not murder your child if she runs away. You may not murder your boss if he fires you. You may not murder your employer should he quit.
That is called slavery.
We may not murder millions of people, or threaten to, if they want to leave us as a state, or otherwise.
If the Union is to stand, as I wish it would, it will stand for the same reason a good marriage stands, because the couple treats each other with love and respect. However an abusive relationship is worse than no relationship.