The Pledge of Allegiance is pretty creepy if you think about it.
Have you ever just sat back and really digested the words to this monotonous pledge?
The reactionary impulse from most folks to my rebuttal of this nationalistic ritual is comments like; “This guy is so unpatriotic” or “Why does this dude hate America so much” etc. This is what’s disturbing. Somehow we as individuals entwined the notion of government and country into the same fixation. I love my country and believe that America has the most entrepreneurial, creative, and charitable people in the world. But that doesn’t mean I must worship at the altar of the state. Just because I don’t put my hand over my heart and mindlessly repeat some erroneous devotion to a piece of fabric doesn’t mean I hate America.
Anyways, “one nation under God” is false. It implies America is either A) the only nation under God, or B) is seen more favorable in the eyes of God than other nations. Both are false. America is far from being one nation “under God.”
As Laurence Vance points out:
“The United States is in fact about as far from being ‘under God’ as any country on the planet. The United States leads the world in the incarceration rate, the total prison population, the divorce rate, car thefts, rapes, total crimes, illegal drug use, legal drug use, and Internet pornography production.”
The only allegiance I pledge is to my family and friends–that’s it. I don’t robotically repeat an oath, vowing a commitment of obedience and compliance to the state; a state that has a history of mass murder, segregation, war profiteering, thievery, corruption, plundering, assassinations, regime overthrows, unchecked violence, corporatism, suppression, unjust wars and so on.
I’m sorry, I just won’t pledge my allegiance to this type of malice entity.
By refuting the “Pledge” is to refuse to be a subject of the state and to realize individualism as the original intent of this country. I’m not one to be easily conformed to the rituals the state uses to try to interlink themselves with society. This is the type of schemes they always use to gain support.
We must also not forget that our Founding Fathers fought a bloody, revolutionary war to dissolve their forced allegiance to a despotic state. George Washington never recited the “Pledge of Allegiance” or gave praise to some emblematic substance of the state.
Did he hate America?