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On saying the Pledge of Allegiance:

Sorry - I already pledged my allegiance to my Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. I have no allegiance left for a piece of brightly colored cloth and repetitive incantations lauding a Freedom destroying oligarchy trying to disguise itself as a "republic". If one sincerely believes in an omniscient, loving Supreme Being, the postulation that it somehow favors an entity so monumentally destructive should be nauseating....

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  1. Brian, when you put it that way, I can only agree. As a Christian Classical Liberal, I agree with your observations about this government. So I can understand the reluctance to pledge allegiance. At times I have chosen not to do so in public also.

    The affirmative case for reciting the pledge, however, is that the pledge acts to remind us of first principles.

    You and I likely agree on almost every issue. But nothing really ties people like you and me together in a public way - except the pledge. The absence of the pledge at public ceremonies does not advance our worldview -- that is for sure. Nothing exists to replace it.

    I can see both sides of this discussion, from the libertarian viewpoint. I'd rather say the pledge and encourage "liberty and justice for all" than to criticize the pledge and implicitly (tacitly) criticize those principles. It's a judgment call, and that's kinda how I've made the judgment.

    Your point is well taken, however. There may soon be a time when saluting this flag will be like saluting the various Red flags. You can bet I'll be sitting on my hands on that day. Or loading my gun.

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