The Pledge

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.


What We Think The Pledge Means to Americans:

I Pledge Allegiance: I, an individual, willingly give my loyalty and fidelity to the sovereignty of America

to the Flag: the symbol of all those who choose to live in freedom and are willing to give and have given their all, even unto death, to preserve it

of the United States of America:  a consolidation of nation states that formed a central government to protect and defend a united people with a common system of principles

and to the Republic for which it Stands:  A Representative government formed of Locally Elected persons by the People of all the states to represent the interests of each state and just concerns of the Whole for the Good as protected by the Constitution for, of and by the People it serves.

One Nation under God:  The Nation was consecrated to God by George Washington at his inauguration in 1789 and “under God” was added to The Pledge in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as an answer to the Communists in the Cold War.  This is an acknowledgement of God’s participation, not religion.

Indivisible:  The nation states are bound together by treaty, by the common bonds of community, culture and the coming together as One from Many states and One from Many nationalities.

with Liberty:  Constitutional freedom to pursue individual happiness without government constraint

and Justice:  Equitable distribution of laws to the whole without prejudice, classification or exemption.

for All: “All Persons are Created Equal” without prejudice to their status, wealth, color, religion or any prescribed “station” to live Constitutionally assured of their individual rights and opportunities.

We say The Pledge without thinking much about the words and how they’ve changed since first written in 1885.   Some of us remember when God was added and when we commonly referred to our government as “Our Republic”.  The question is, when was “Republic” removed?  Not by any Constitutional Amendment or vote of consensus but rather by repetition.  Repetition in our daily usage of the description of our government.  “Our Democracy” here, “Our Democracy” there and before too many years even our highest elected officials refer to our government as a Democracy.  Is this simply done by casual omission or was it started to cover the fact that we are no longer Represented due to our “fixed” number of Representatives unadjusted for the population growth that has allowed by submission our transition to a Democracy?  Are YOU aware the word Democracy is not in our Constitution because the Founders were against it?  Do we now need to change The Pledge to “the Democracy for which we stand”, remove the Electoral College and change the name of the House of Representatives to the House of California, New York, Florida and Texas?