When we pledge allegiance, what are we doing?
According to Black's Law Dictionary, 6th edition, allegiance is defined as:
"Obligation of fidelity and obedience to government in consideration for protection that government gives."
Although the flag represents the embodiment of our national conscience and is easily the most recognized symbol of our nation, one that I proudly support and defend, I was thinking this morning, “What does it actually mean?”
Members of the military are required to swear or affirm their support and defense of the Constitution of the United States. I have gladly "pledged my allegiance" by making this affirmation, and I, like many before and after me, would give my life if necessary to defend our Constitution and our great democratic way of life.
Francis Bellamy was a Baptist minister’s son from upstate New York. He was assigned to work on arranging a patriotic program for schools while employed at the family magazine, Youth’s Companion in 1892.
The idea for the pledge was in part a response to the Civil War, a crisis of loyalty still fresh in the nation’s memory. As Bellamy sat down at his desk, the opening words – I pledge allegiance to my flag – tumbled onto the paper.
Without a doubt this is familiar to every one of us, young and old alike:
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. I pledge of 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.
On any given day, these days, it is nothing to read about yet another Home Owners Association (HOA) prohibiting the American Flag to be flown; or someone, somewhere, offended by our beautiful Stars and Stripes.
I broke it down line by line as to what I think it means.
I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America – My solemn promise of loyalty and dedication is to the symbol of my nation above all other nations.
and to the Republic for which it stands - in addition towards the form of government in which the powers of sovereignty are authorized and entrusted in the people and are executed by the people, either directly, or through representatives chosen by the people.
one nation under God – a single nation whose natural rights are bestowed by a Creator.
indivisible - impenetrable, inseparable, unbreakable, unified.
with liberty and Justice for all - including Freedom, independence, In addition to Lawfulness, fairness, honesty, integrity for the entirety of its population.
In breaking things down as we have, it makes perfect sense why there are many who refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. To these people I say- find another country!
Our Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were doing! They knew that it would be all too easy to become complacent with the nation we have.
Abraham Lincoln said it best:
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”