What’s In A Pledge?

"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."

Any American citizen who insists on a fellow citizen reciting the pledge of allegiance is nullifying their own recitation of the pledge of allegiance. Or do they all say the liberty bit with their fingers crossed behind their backs?

And, anyway, what exactly does allegiance to a flag entail? A flag is not a person, a group or a cause. It may well represent something, in which case they should say, "I pledge allegiance to what the flag of the United States of America represents as defined in... etc. etc.

For a nation of lawyers, Americans can be very inexact and contradictory at times. Most Europeans would want to know what they were signing up for and have it in writing.


What’s In A Pledge? — 2 Comments

  1. Americans are extremely emotional people aren’t they? Brits are more stiff upper lip and don’t show emotions type people.

    • Yes. For a long time I thought that us Brits had just stopped being patriotic when we found out that the Empire was not a good thing. But recently I’ve been reading history books that claim that most of us have never been that tribal and attempts to get us to be more patriotic, like Empire Day, were resisted or, at least, scoffed at. I think you may be right – patriotism involves far too much emotion and we don’t want to end up like the Scots and the French, do we? 🙂