The pledge of allegiance

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.”

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. …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!
  4. …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.
  5. …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!
  6. …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.
  7. …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.

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37 thoughts on “The pledge of allegiance

  1. Hello Elia, are you Israeli? I total get that we need to be not only just patriotic but also critical of our country. Questioning and critical analysis of ourselves helps us have a continued healthy democracy. But, then why the need to sing an anthem from a country in which, at this point, you are not a citizen. I agree, blind faith does not a true democracy make, but instead of choosing to not be a part of it at all, why not choose to be a voice for change?

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      • I thought so. Then why sing the Israeli national anthem during the pledge? Just curious. Not critical. Trying to understand your connection, if any, to Israel if you are a US citizen. Apologies in advance if you already have this on your blog. I’m a new follower.

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        • I sing the Israeli National Anthem instead of the US Pledge of Allegiance because I am a Jew and I love Israel. Israel is not perfect either, but I love it never the less. It is my homeland and the land of my ancestors. That is something that the US will never be to me.

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            • No, I was born in Ohio, but I visited Israel for two weeks in 2013. I arrived home fro Israel 10 days before my Bat Mitzvah. While in Israel, I felt at home because I knew that everyone around me had the same ancestry, same history, and had the same struggles as I do. The life of a Jew is difficult, but we manage.

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              • Oiy! Well, interesting. My father is a Jew. The life of an American Jew is however not quite as difficult as in other places in the world, luckily, at least in 2016. And so your parents and grandparents are from Israel? And if your people are from there , why did they come here? Or did you just visit the country and decide you want to be there? Just curious. I get the

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                • My father is a Jew from Canada. My mother converted and she is from France. If you look at the history of the Jewish people, we have been kicked out of our homeland more times than we can count, but eventually, we reclaim it. My ancestors escaped to Russia, but when the pogroms and conscriptions started, Aaron Crinsky was illegaily given to a rabbi who only had daughters. Therefore, Aaron managed to live and here I am. From Russia, Poland, Canada, and now the US, my family has come a long way. I visited Israel in 7th grade for a class trip. It was one of the best trips I ever had.

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  2. At first I typed a point by point full page rebuttal but then chose to take a breath, think and reply…To judge a country by only its flaws and not recognize its assets or beauty is as one sided as the rhetoric you dislike. Each of the nations that you claim allegiance has skeletons in its closets – none are perfect and yet you decry one of the greatest nations on earth? Most importantly, in this country you have and enjoy freedom in many amazing ways that are intrinsic to who you are as a person now including free speech to say and post as you wish. Please remember, members of your own family have proudly served and supported in the American Armed Forces and Merchant Marines during WW2, Korea and other engagements worldwide. My father served in WW2 and he said he saw atrocities across the world, something we discussed after 9/11. This leads me to no country is without blemish but there is hope and light if you look for it, even in the darkest days of each country. That said, I fervently believe that this country in its pursuit for democracy and freedom worldwide while imperfect is still great.

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    • No to mention our cousin Ernie MELTZER was wounded in Korea. My father found him in a Field hospital attached to his unit.I have pictures of my dad carrying Ernie will his leg bandage up, Cousin Maureen loves that story . MELTZER history some or most don’t know.

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  3. Just for laughs I showed this to 2 of my friends sons who are both MARINES who just happen to be home on leave. John my friend Toms boy who is 20 said she needs a day in Iraq. Thomas my friend Jeff`s boy who is 26 said you need a day in Afganistan. Both have seen combat and would do anything to stop what we are doing in a Muslim country .But its there duty and job. But they mentioned we are trying to make it a safe stable place for people to live there lives .Are any of the Muslim country`s offering help ? NO! They are Muslims and they are all brothers. Yes or no. So does France or any other country`s do that to the extent we do. No!! Help country`s with our children`s lives? NO!!!! .Some country`s are in these places to just watch learn from us. There is not another single country in the world that has not done anything mentioned in this rant you typed about slavery, Indians, or indigenous people of that country or clans. All through-out Europe clans murdered other clans or tribes for power, control or wealth. Same every were. We are humans we a murderous beings. Its just what we are. No one in this world of this earth will ever change a thing. Sorry to say. I had a conversation with a Muslim guy I have known for years from the gym some time ago I work out in and we have some cool conversations ,I once asked why are Muslims so angry and butt hurt all the time since the beginning of time if you look back at history. He said we love to kill plain and simple. I was not shocked. He said we will kill Jews ,Hindu and Christians, etc. Then when they are gone we will kill other clans, when they are all gone we will kill our neighbors when they are all gone we will kill our cousins. This is a Muslim guy telling me this, Now he doesn’t follow his faith any more it been years since he even picked up a Quran or been in a mosque, Looking at him you think he is Italian with all the Gold chains and tattoos and nice Jeep. His name in Remmie and he owns a gyro shop here in town nice guy, But spoke the real truth I can see it in his face. So what I am getting at is no country or country`s are a utopia. If and when you find it let your cousin know Ill move there in a second. We can be neighbors.

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  4. Jeff makes some good points. Maybe you should read about what led to the Meti uprising in Canada about 150 years ago or how the aboriginal people were treated when the James Bay project was build or what led up to, and occurred in 1971’s October crisis in Quebec. Most places in the first world have their advantages and disadvantages; you just have to adjust, to focus on and enjoy the advantages, diminish the disadvatages, and be happy that you were not born in nor brought up in Syria or any of the neighboring Arab countries, not in Turkey, nor in Iran, Afganistan, nor in North Korea and the list goes on and on. And Jeff is also right that life in western Europe today is not like it was a mere 30-50 years ago. Back then one did not need to fear retribution when speaking one’s mind, people’s lives were not threatened when debating issues that faced the country. Now people in countries and Great Britain and The Netherlands, including elected officials, are threatened when they talk about western European values and the conflict they face with the rising Moslem immigration, when they speak out about people who chose to live there but do not wish to integrate into society, who expect society to bend to their ways, ask for tolerance from their new countries while exhibiting none for the native people of their new homes.

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    • I was not saying that Canada or France are any better than the US. In certain areas they are, in other points in time they are not. I was saying that the US has some faults that other countries do not have, so we should try to fix the problems in the US. Then the US might be great.

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          • Get rid of all the idiots in politics who have been in there for years and have failed at there jobs, Plus make the liberal media tell the truth of close them down who start anarchy with in our country. Yes I know freedom of speech , But if some body yells fire in a crowded movie theater is that freedom of speech or starting anarchy. Its starting anarchy , which the socialist liberal media does every day its a shame and a crime. That’s what I mean to clean house.

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  5. Yah if it were birdie the US hustler might have won World War Two ever think of that and the Jews and disabled and other people would have been wiped from existence imagine that

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  6. When you understand this you will understand your country. You live your freedom every single day because of who in in this cemetery. Not some government or some crooked politician or even the police or your parents. You have much to learn you do. Yoda!!!! :0)

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  7. Total Misconception girl. Just remember with out the USA there would be no France. Period!!!!Or Europe for that fact. Just remember your parents supply you with a nice clean comfortable life in suburbia on account of the rights they have in this country. If your not happy here move when you get older. No one can stop you. Just remember France will not even be the country you think in the next 10-15 years.The religion of peace will and is seeing to that. Just watch every week what is happening there . Its like sheep being held for the slaughter. Sad and they are not even allowed to defend there own lives. Great country..All I can say is when a government cant go into its own neighbor hoods in its city`s in there country ,It means it culture is on its way out. What size Burka do you were sweetie. One last thing go look up all the atrocities Canada has done in its history, Not very nice. So before you chuck stones go look first.

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    • All I was trying to say is that many people think the United States is perfect, but it’s not. We can try to make it perfect if we correct the country’s mistakes and try to help the people we have harmed. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Until we truly start to make improvements in that department, I will continue to sing the Hatikvah.

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      • Its a free country for now. You can do what you want. All I am saying is history in any country is by no means perfect. Specially France and Canada. Israel is forced to be who they are or die.

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