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The Pledge of Allegiance should be changed

I don't really like the pledge of allegiance. America has sunk so far below what it SHOULD stand for and lost sight of what the forefathers and all Americans should aim for.
"I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America."
This was an amazing line when the flag stood for a new, powerful, and good country. It seems like this once magnificent symbol has been stripped of its meaning and is now just a piece of fabric.
"And to the republic, for which it stands,"
Like I said above, I don't think that it DOES stand for the republic. I think that it is just something that everyone recognizes and associates with one thing or another, like the Apple Logo, or the golden arches of McDonald's, which is almost as representative of America as the flag is nowadays. Which is depressing if we're going to be honest. The pledge continues with the "controversial" line,
"One nation, under God."
Now the fact that the whole country has to be so "politically correct" that THIS is controversial sort of shows that we've lost sight of what this country should stand for. If its such a big deal to you personally, don't say the line, or even the word "God". If you have such strong personal convictions that it offends you to mention a being that may or may not exist, you should look at changing yourself as opposed to making a ruckus about a pledge that has a "God" in it.
"With liberty and justice for all."
This line is CLOSE to being what it ought to be. This is really the only line that I agree with and yet, it still has its problems. "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" are the unalienable rights that our constitution gives us. Why should we change something that was written in the document that our country was founded on? I propose this new Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance,
To the Constitution,
Of the United States of America.
And to protecting the rights
Of the people;
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

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    Dec 18 2012: When a youngster gets a report card indicating performance well-below their proven abilities should the expectations be lowered to match the bad report? I don't think so. Leave the standard where it is and take action to restore the performance to match proven ability. Don't lower the bar; don't dumb everything down; don't settle. Kick ass and take names! Get her done! Fight for what's right. Surrender? Nuts!
    • Dec 18 2012: If you mean this they way that I interpret it then I think you missed my intention with this new pledge. I was not, by any means, lowering the bar. Actually, in many aspects I was RAISING it by holding the pledge to something with legitimate meaning. The bar was extremely low in the respect that people were just pledging allegiance either because they were required to, as I was from elementary school to high school, or just because they dont really feel obligated to a piece of fabric.
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        Dec 18 2012: The "bar" represents the Pledge as written. To dissect it and remove the Flag; the Republic; God; Indivisibility; Liberty for all; and Justice for all is hardly raising the bar. We should remember that the Pledge is not in any way official or binding. It is really just pomp and circumstance. No one is obligated to take it, and there is no penalty for not reciting it. It is part of the public school liturgy and should reflect what our nation once was, and can be again.
        • Dec 19 2012: You have a point, but I think that God and Indivisibility should be removed.

          In the USA, God and politics should not be mixed.

          The USA actively encourages some populations of other countries to seek independence. Our own Declaration of Independence states that people have the right to throw off a despotic government. Divisibility is a human right.

          By the way, when I was in elementary school (many years ago) ,the pledge was required.

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