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.
Tomorrow is July 4th – Independence Day. No advice today; just honor and respect for the country that gives you and me the opportunity to pursue our dreams.
But I do want to spell out a few definitions:
Pledge: A serious promise or agreement
Allegiance: Loyalty to a person or country
Flag: A symbol of a nation
The United States of America: A group of individual governing bodies that agree to combine for their mutual benefit without giving up their independence
Republic: A country governed by elected representatives – not a democracy (where any majority can rule over a minority) nor a monarchy (where an individual may rule at their will)
One nation under God: a country where the rule of law and its application reflects the moral code of the Creator. Their is no implied requirement to worship. There is only acknowledgment that the founders of the country (and the majority of us even today) believe in God, His part in our founding as a nation, and the value of raising a society that espouses the principles in the Bible.
Indivisible: Impossible to divide or separate – even when we disagree.
Liberty and Justice: Freedom of speech and to pursue our individual happiness, and protection by just and impartial laws.
All: Every citizen regardless of race, creed, religion, ethnicity, wealth, lack of wealth or social standing.
So, the pledge of allegiance is really saying…
I promise to my loyalty to ALL of the following:
The symbol of my country and the country itself
The group of imperfect people and states that choose to bond together
The imperfectly BEST form of government that doesn’t let the majority or any ruler to take away the property and rights of others
The single country that considers its origins to be of Divine nature and wants the laws to reflect a moral standard that is good
The group – even when we are mad at each other – will stick together, so don’t mess with us
The form of government that protects my right to pursue opportunity – but does not guarantee equal outcomes,
The legal system that protects from unjust laws or practices
And I promise to be loyal to those rights for each and every one of us
Black or white
Christian or Athiest
Rich or Poor
Intelligent or Ingorant
Sales or Sales Leadership
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