(In other words, stuff that isn't all that important!)
While I am far from being an admirer of ANY member of the Clinton family, I have to admit that I agree with The Hillary-beast today, for the first time. Ever.
A young girl declined to stand and pledge allegiance to the flag. Some folks got their panties in a bind over that. Hillary said (in essence): "That's okay, you go girl!".
I say, "that works for me".(SCROLL to the bottom of the page for the quote.)
IN MY OPINION ... the Pledge of Allegiance is an entirely personal OATH which has been turned into an obligatory rote action by nothing more persuasive than habit and social pressure. That I choose to recite it means that I believe it.
Folks that don't believe it may be Americans of Conscience.. their reticence doesn't necessarily mean that they are anti-American; just that there are a lot of commitments included in the text of the Pledge which they may not honestly support.
It has been a long time since I recited the Pledge of Allegiance, but to the best of my recall this is what I use to say (while facing the flag with my hand over my heart, to demonstrate my earnest intent):
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the country for which it stands; One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.I've pledged allegiance to the flag thousands of times, and I have also sworn to defend the flag 'and the country for which it stands' when I was drafted. I paid my debt to my country many times over, and I respect my flag.
(I'm not quite sure about God. I've prayed and asked for guidance from above; still waiting for HIM to return my call. But I'm patient ... God must have a huge backload of celestial-phone messages. Maybe He's still returning calls from falling sparrows?)
But anyone who has chosen to NOT offer their allegiance gets a pass from me.
If, for example, you're an Atheist you might refuse the pledge because it includes the phrase "... under God ...". (IIRC, it was President Eisenhower who added the sub-phrase some 50+ years ago.)
That makes you no less a patriot; it only establishes that you refuse to take an oath which you cannot support theologically. In a very real way, it makes you more sincere and more aware of the nuances of the oath. Some folks will disagree; it's one reason why Americans might wish to reconsider the exact wording (eg: excise the Eisenhower Update).
The Pledge of Allegiance is too important to be automatically assumed.
If you are not fully and personally invested in the responsibilities of citizenship, you should not be hounded or ridiculed because you either stand by your conscience, or decline to lie under oath. The Pledge is entirely voluntary, and those who think it should be obligatory forget the concept under which America was founded:
"This is a FREE country".
Personally, I may not respect anyone who declines to accept the same dedication to my country as I do. Also personally, I fought a war (sort of a war; except that men died and I was unhappy, it wasn't much of a war), and all American wars are purportedly waged to re-establish the American Way Of Life.
The American Way Of Life not only allows dissent, but encourages it.
If everybody agrees with me, we don't have a Free Society; we have an ant colony of mindless workers.
I never wanted to live in a homogeneous society. I like folks who think differently. They teach me lessons I would never have learned, values I never would have considered, if I lived in a Vacuum.
Your Opinions May Vary.
If you don't agree with me ... your either an idiot or a villain.
(This is MY blog; I can say anything I want; so can you.)
Where Was She During the 'War on Drugs?': Hillary Called Out for Supporting Girl Who Knelt for Pledge | Fox News Insider: As seen on Tucker Carlson Tonight Hillary Clinton is taking criticism for offering encouragement to an 11-year-old student who made headlines for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance. Clinton tweeted in response to a NowThis report on Mariana Taylor, a Maryland sixth-grader who refused to stand for her classroom’s recitation of the pledge, instead adopting the form of protest used by some NFL players to demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice. “It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana,” Clinton tweeted.