PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
by Christian Socialist Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) in 1892 (revised by Congress 1892, 1923, 1924, 1954) (Reference: www.wikipedia.org)
“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.”
The Pledge of Allegiance is the affirmation of commitment to this country, its ideals, and its safety. As a quiet call to arms, if the nation is under siege, the Pledge is a way to build committed patriotism. Despite many differences, Americans all agree to protect Democracy and the feedom of expression.
Americans commit to the reasonable contract every time they recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It is a comfort and honor to be part of the American community. The Pledge prepares them to check and act against external and internal threats to freedom. They are also encouraged to protect the rights of others.
The Pledge of Allegiance tells us to hold true to our integrity, ideals, and neighbors. The American charter and its observance is still as important today as when it was conceived. It is the karmic evaluation of Americans’ ethical and moral self worth. If Americans follow the laws and ideals, they are happy as citizens and individuals. If they break the laws and ideals, they cease to have individual value, because they violated the rights of others.