Without a doubt this is familiar to everyone of us, young and old alike:
I pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all.
I pledge of Allegiance to the flag of
the United States of America and to the Republic
for which it stands, one nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and Justice for all.
On any given day, these days, it is nothing to read about yet another school that is “banning” the Pledge of Allegiance; a Home Owners Association (HOA) prohibiting the American Flag to be flown; or someone, somewhere, offended by our beautiful Stars and Stripes.
Although I am sure we are all very familiar with the pledge, I wonder how many people actually know what they are saying when they recite it.
This article will outline exactly what our Founding Fathers planned for the future of this great nation and exactly what the Pledge of Allegiance means to each of us.
Let’s break this down, so we can better understand what our government actually is. We will go line by line- often, word by word.
“I”- This infers ownership. A person speaking is “inferring to himself or herself” when they say “I”. It is personal.
“Pledge”- “A solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something.” The person speaking is promising or agreeing to what they are saying.
“Allegiance”– Loyalty, dedication, devotion, fidelity, honor, obedience, homage
“to”- A preposition used to express motion or direction toward a noun (person, place or thing), rather than motion or direction away from a noun (person, place or thing.)
“the flag”- A piece of cloth that can be an shape, size combination of colors and design that is customarily attached on one edge to a pole or cord. Common uses of a flag is to represent a nation, state, or organization.
“the United States of America”- An area of land which is governed as a federal republic that is mainly in North America. Fifty (50) individual states and the District of Columbia have come together as one. The nation was colonized primarily by the English and French in the 17th century. During this time, the native Indians were gradually defeated and displaced. Under the British rule there were 13 colonies that declared their independence from Britain in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the colonies. After the War of Independence the nation officially became The United States of America. During the Civil War (1861-1865) the northern states defeated the South. The United States of America is the world’s most productive industrial nation, and exports agricultural products as well. The land consists of the Rocky Mountains in the west, the Great Plains in the center, the Appalachian Mountains in the east, deserts in the southwest, and coastal lowlands and swamps in the southeast. English is the predominant language spoken; Christianity is the largest religion base; the dollar is the currency. The Capital of the nation is Washington, D.C.
“and”– in addition
“to”– A preposition used to express motion or direction toward a noun (person, place or thing), rather than motion or direction away from a noun (person, place or thing.)
“the Republic”- A form of government in which the powers of sovereignty are authorized and entrusted in the people and are executed by the people, either directly, or through representatives chosen by the people, to whom those powers are specially appointed.
“for which it stands”– the position or opinion of someone
“One”– Single, alone, only, solitary
“Nation”– A country with its own government
“Under”– Covered by
“God”– King of kings, Lord of lords, Adonai, Divine Creator, Holy Father
“Indivisible”– Impenetrable, inseparable, joined, permanent,unbreakable, unified indissoluble
“with”– Accompanying, including
“liberty”– Freedom, independence,
“and”– In addition to
“justice”– Lawfulness, fairness, honesty, integrity
“for”– As long as [it’s]
“all”– Entire, total, complete
In breaking things down as we have, it makes perfect sense why there are many who refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. To these people I say- find another country!
Our Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were doing! They knew that it would be all too easy to become complacent with the nation we have.
Abraham Lincoln said it best:
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Sadly, we are seeing this very thing come true. If you do not PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE to this great nation, and do everything in your power to fight to protect and keep the freedoms we have been so blessed with, you are part of the destruction.
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