Why I Don’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance

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.”

And for a little unknown history, the Pledge of Allegiance was actually written by a socialist Minister by the name of Francis Bellamy in 1892. He wrote the pledge as a way for the educational system to mold the minds of the youth into a perverted nationalistic outlook that even won the admiration of Hitler. He even stole the salute. 
Thomas DiLorenzo points out in a great article that “Francis Bellamy said that one purpose of the Pledge of Allegiance was to help accomplish his lifelong goal of making his cousin’s socialist fantasy a reality in America.” DiLorenzo also goes on to explain that Bellamy’s intention when writing the “Pledge” was to encourage people’s allegiance to the flag and to “indoctrinate American school children in the false history of the American founding.” Bellamy had his socialist Utopian dream set in motion with the shaping of young minds toward government loyalty with implementing this mechanical practice. In addition, the “Pledge” was also written to sell flags to the schools throughout the country. Like most American customs and rituals that we adhere to, it was derived from financial interests.

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?


2 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance

  1. Marvin Edwards says:

    Indeed. I find a moral dilemma in any promise. It supposedly commits you to act a certain way regardless of future circumstances, and it may prove impossible or immoral to follow through under those unforeseen circumstances. I worry what I might do if called to a witness stand and asked to swear to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”. I wonder if I’d be brave enough to say “No”. And the judge would ask “Why?”, and I’d say, “I don’t think we’ll have time for the whole truth”. 🙂

    When I was on the Honor Court at college, I wondered what the “pledge” not to cheat would mean to a person willing to lie in the first place. And the honest person would supposedly be constrained by his integrity in the first place, rather than a pledge.

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