Monday, April 24, 2006

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag

Over the weekend I was with a large sports group and we recited "The Pledge of Allegiance". I keyed on several words in the pledge, but I wonder if anyone else around me was aware of what they were saying. I did a little looking around on the internet and found this web site. Near the bottom I found this:
I Pledge AllegianceI Promise to be faithful and true (Promise my loyalty)
to the flagto the emblem that stands for and represents
of the United Statesall 50 states, each of them individual, and individually represented on the flag
of Americayet formed into a UNION of one Nation.
and to the RepublicAnd I also pledge my loyalty to the Government that is itself a Republic, a form of government where the PEOPLE are sovereign,
for which it stands,this government also being represented by the Flag to which I promise loyalty.
one Nation under God,These 50 individual states are united as a single Republic under the Divine providence of God, "our most powerful resource" (according to the words of President Eisenhower)
Indivisible,and can not be separated. (This part of the original version of the pledge was written just 50 years after the beginning of the Civil War and demonstrates the unity sought in the years after that divisive period in our history)
with LibertyThe people of this Nation being afforded the freedom to pursue "life, liberty, and Happiness",
and JusticeAnd each person entitled to be treated justly, fairly, and according to proper law and principle,
for All.And these principles afforded to EVERY AMERICAN, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or any other criteria. Just as the flag represents 50 individual states that can not be divided or separated, this Nation represents millions of people who can not be separated or divided.

... and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands.

-End of Ramble

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