The Pledge vs The Preamble

The July 4th Holiday and Our Sacred Ideals

We have re-entered the twilight zone, between the supremacy of individualized dogma versus the wisdom and delight of community strivings.

The other contestant is the Preamble to the Constitution which begins: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The “Pledge” appeared on the scene more than a hundred years after the Declaration Of Independence and a literal reading of the phrases used in each proves which phrasing is more valid for the 21st Century.

While the Preamble speaks in a collective voice as an affirmation of the principles for which the Nation is being declared, the Pledge instead is a manufactured and mandated obligation toward a symbol. It further indirectly asserts the United States is a Republic, which is not literally accurate. It then asserts the Nation, which must include everything which exists in the Nation is subservient to an undetectable and unseen entity.

It goes on to assert the Nation is “indivisible” – but that is easily deflated by simply saying the words: Democrat or Republican.

The jingoistic urges of Mr. Bellamy in composing the Pledge should not be ignored, nor should the universalistic phrasing used in the Preamble. They spoke to two different versions of social life in America then, and now.

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