In school, we say the pledge of allegiance every day in second period. I never stand up, never face the flag, and I sing the Hatikvah (Israel’s national anthem) at high speed instead. I am a rebel because the pledge is a bunch of lies strung together in a sentence to make this country seem glorious when it really isn’t. Here is my explanation:
“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 allegiance…: No I don’t! My allegiance is to Israel, my homeland and the homeland of my ancestors. I may not have an Israeli citizenship, but I am a citizen of Canada and soon France. I am aligned with those countries (especially Canada) because of the culture and the government. There are also less problems that occur on the global scale in Canada compared to the US. People in Canada are more humble and down to earth (in general) compared to the “average American”. My allegiance is not to the government of the Unites States, that is for sure.
- I pledge allegiance to the flag…: Strips of cloth sown together to form stripes along with fifty white stars have never done anything for me. It’s just a piece of fabric. Why in the world would I follow a flag? I pledge my allegiance to my friends, to my family, to the Jewish people, and to people who can help me change the world for the better. I pledge my allegiance to someone who knows that the pledge is just a bunch of lies!
- …and to the republic for which it stands…: What does this country stand for? It was founded on blood and deceit when European settlers decided to wipe out the aboriginal people of the New World (Europeans have a tendency to make themselves masters of the world because the governments think that they are better than everyone else. Has this changed?). The US was founded on trickery, bloodshed, and slavery. I’m not standing for that! I stand with all of my friends on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation located in Montana! I stand with their culture, knowledge, and everyday life. I stand with the aboriginal way of life, not the European one!
- …one nation…: There is the Northern Cheyenne nation, a mini government system that is not the same as the US government. There is the Suex nation, the Blackfoot nation, etc. Where are all of these small nations located? On reservation inside of the Unites States with their own laws that differ slightly from the White House. We are not one nation. We are one large nation with lots of smaller nations scattered across the inside of it.
- …under god…: Not everyone believes in a god. Not everyone has a religion. And if we do believe in a god, which one is the pledge talking about? If “god” in the pledge means Hashem, then this segment is not nearly as bad as the other ones. If it means Christ, then no way! You people can believe what you want but I am not devoting myself to a country where Christ is in charge. Sorry! In any case, this segment is a lie because not all of us believe in a god, and we certainly don’t believe in the same god. Some of us believe in certain GodS, but not all of us. Lie!
- …indivisible…: The people of the US are divided all the time! We all have our own opinions. Right now, this country is divided over who should become president and which candidate is not a terrible person. We are constantly being divided into new categories. No, we are not indivisible because we are divided every election for every position, minor or major.
- …with liberty and justice for all. : Oh where to begin. Slavery in the south, the aboriginal people being kicked out, Custard’s last stand, the trail of tears, reservations for the aboriginal people, reservations for “the Japs” (please do not take offense to that. Just using it for historical context), Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War in general. The list goes on and on! If I were to list all of them, you would probably be reading this for hours! This small list is enough to show you that this segment is the worst of all the segments. This is the worst lie in the entire pledge.
This is why I don’t say the pledge of allegiance. I hope that you won’t say it either because this “great” country is not worth your dedication at the moment. The US was never great and it never will be if it continues to lie and brainwash its children. Thank you for your time.