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Stand Up Or Leave
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. It seems simple enough. It is still the right thing to recite each morning at school. Yet children are no longer doing so. There are even some children that have the nerve not to recite it at all. In recent years court cases have resulted from the refusal to recite the pledge. The part in question is “under God.”
Do we exercise our freedoms so regularly that we fail to respect the foundation on which it is built? In America have we allowed people to become free of responsibility to their country? This country was founded on tradition and respect. We have allowed these principles to leave our children and frankly, we are giving them privileges that they haven’t earned.
What did you know at the age of five or ten that would prevent you from saying the pledge? What do you know now that would make it “okay” to disrespect your country, America? I understand if your God is not my God or your absence of God is not my beliefs but this is about tradition not religious foundations.
The demise of our commonality has furthered the divide of the American Citizens. We have people who would do anything to be a part of this great nation. Yet we allow our children to “choose” not to say the pledge and we allow our teachers not to teach the pledge. I am appalled by the lack of conviction for our country.
I was a teacher and nothing made me angrier than one of my third graders who told me he would not stand for the pledge. You see, my husband was in the Navy, my father was a Marine and my Grandfather was a soldier in the Army and they fought so he could go to school. In fact a lot of people never finished school or followed their dreams because their country needed them. It took every ounce of composure I had to tell this little boy to stand up. When he told me he didn’t have to, I told him that he would have to leave the room while we did the pledge. In my classroom there would not be disrespect for our fellow classmates, there would not be disrespect towards our country, and there would certainly not be any disrespect towards the men and women who protect those rights for us.
If you chose to not say “under God,” so be it but stand up and repeat after me because I do pledge my allegiance to this Country. If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. Without a common love of country and respect for those that came before us, we do not have United States.