" I Pledge Allegiance....."
Another day, another rant. I'm getting frustrated with the concept that "we are trying to define ourselves". I can understand that whole-heartedly! We are a nation that pledges allegiance to a flag that law says can be desecrated as is our first amendment right. I see. If the flag means nothing to some of our citizens then an oath to it and the republic for which it stands also falls by the wayside. The logic follows that an oath of office holds no consequence as upholding the Constitution of the United States is just that....an oath that is hollow. So where do we focus on acceptability and accountability? Let's look.
We are a nation focused on our heritage......our hyphenated heritage. We managed to become citizens or be born with that right and forget that this is the focus. My kin had two brothers; a Duke and a Cardinal. Between them they ruled most of Austria and northern Italy. Neat read. Wish I had got some of that pie. I was born to a military man and a housewife. Americans. That IS my heritage. That is where my allegiance lies. Not in the near past or distant past. That is what pride in this country is all about.
Marion Barry in African garb in politics. He wasn't born in Africa and if he wasn't a citizen of this country he wouldn't be holding a position of government authority (is home rule gov't?).
Barrack Osama-bama talking oath on the Koran? I thought the reason we used the Holy Bible was because we based our laws on Christian doctrine. You non-believers probably would agree to use something else since taking an oath on the Bible and then lying without being struck dead by God's wrath proves a point. Paybacks come later but I digress.
Trent Lott, a southerner (yes, there are ignorant and corrupt people in the South also) throwing aside what his constituancy requests with the belief that his position has its own right and power and to heck with the law (that's the Constitution, the one he took an oath to uphold).
This is the mindset of too many in power of all levels of government as well as industry in the private sector. It deals with power and greed (or greed for power) and it circumvents what their oath and allegiance has bound them to......us citizens. We, the people!
We cut down a state or national tree and get fined and/or incarcerated. Tree huggers love that law. We kill a bald eagle with the same consequence. PETA loves that law. We burn the U.S. flag....nothing happens. That is unless you try to do it to the one I fly. State, national or my Stars and Bars (it is a heritage pride thing). Then I am going to beat you silly and accept the consequences for my action because I belive so strongly in my country. An oath not taken lightly in this household. Could you imagine if old Ben had gotten his way? We'd be eating eagle (I'd rather have goose or ham myself) for Thanksgiving and a turkey would be sitting on our flagpoles. Then again, he wanted to make German the national language but that got shot down (I haven't heard an outcry from the Pa. dutch on that one). How come we never got an official national language? Why do we STILL not have one?
Bottomline is when you are born a U.S. citizen, you are trying to become one or have taken a citizens oath (that word again) there should be a magical sensation that overcomes you as to who you now are. It makes a difference to me and it should do the same for you. Allegiance is the operative word and it is not to be taken lightly. Be nothing but american and help to make America great. Fight for that respect and help to rid the powers and industries that show disdain to the oath of allegiance and the right of our citizens. End rant.
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