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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 21 2012: I don't like indoctrination programs, which is what the Pledge is. It was foisted upon us by Congress when people were outraged over the Korean War (1950s) and government needed a way to silence the protestors by using patriotism as a way to discredit them (A tactic learned from Hitler). At its core, it is a violation of religious freedom and those religious people who are not allowed to swear oaths, and it is an assault on the thinking processes of children who were forced to say it every day in school.

    If there were a pledge, I would prefer it be something like

    "I pledge allegiance to the CONSTITUTION of these United States of America." and end it there, but see value in your suggestion - though it will be used against too many (unintended consequences)

    Personally, I don't think that it is government's job to assault its citizenry with pro-war, pro-government propoganda. The flag doesn't stand for the constitutional republic that our country was supposed to stand for.
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      Dec 24 2012: Your history is incorrect. I'm 82 and I've been pledging allegiance for as long as I can remember. "Under God" was added when I was in the 7th or 8th grade. I have never agreed with that phrase and I have never repeated it.
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        Dec 25 2012: On June 19, 1892, the pledge of allegiance was to be recited during proscribed Columbus Day celebrations only. It was to be affirmed using the words, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

        On June 22, 1942, in the midst of World War II, Congress officially recognized the pledge with the following words: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." This was done because so many were reciting it and immigrants may take this pledge as an allegiance to their home countries, which may have undermined the war effort and the patriotic zeal that was being promoted at home during the war.

        The phrase "under God" was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance June 14, 1954, by a Joint Resolution of Congress amending the Flag Code enacted in 1942. It was still not required to be said daily in schools, though many did as part of the congressionaly encouraged daily affirmation of patriotism that many states required. Again, we were in the midst of a war that too many were vehemently against.

        There are states that have never required recitation. My husband (82 in a few months) was not required to say it until he was in high school (late 40s). I was born the year he graduated from high school, so it was always required.

        But the fact remains. It was used to indoctrinate students, and it was only brought up in times of war to further patriotic fervor.

        I refuse to stand when others recite it. It doesn't belong in PUBLIC schools. Schools exist to educate, not indoctrinate.

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