Comments: What Obama's Missing Flag Pin Really Means


One side likes to recite the pledge. The other side should recite the oath of office. (It has the added benefit of painting a picture of the candidate-as-winner-being-sworn-in).

One side has a song. The other side has...hmm. Can we get some help here?

One side has a lapel pin. The other side has a lapel pin.

One side has Betsy Ross, a semi-fictional character (and a girl!). The other side has Patrick Henry, an historical figure (and a fiery patriot).

And so on.

Posted by: Ara Rubyan [TypeKey Profile Page]

They have a song, we have a theme, unfortunately, ours doesn't rhyme.

Ara, we don't have Kindergarteners pledge allegiance to the Constitution, but a symbol (the flag) and the "Republic," not the ideas and principles that make it possible.

Their pledge is to the nation itself, love it or leave it -- go team! If that isn't nationalism indoctrination, I don't know what is. It's a hard nut to crack since it's hardwired into our children so early.

It may not rhyme either, but like a simple prayer, it has the meter of any good free-style verse. It sticks in your head and as a child this is all you need to know to be a "good" American.

How many kids graduating from high school have actually read the whole Constitution in one sitting all the way through? How many can number off the Bill of Rights, let alone all the Amendments?

But they all can still recite the Pledge, and that's all they need to know as far as they're concerned.

When John McCain is ambivalent about this being a Christian Nation when the edict against such nonsense appears not once, but twice in the Constitution, it's no wonder that officers in the Army come down on the disbelievers in their midst. That phrase "Under God" really twists minds.

Posted by: Mark Adams [TypeKey Profile Page]

A couple of thoughts.

One of my boys belongs to the local Cub Scout pack and they do the pledge every month at the meeting. I always say it too, but I've been substituting the word "constitution" for the word "flag" for some time now. It doesn't roll off the tongue, but how many kids already mangle the words to the flag-pledge as it stands now? A lot.

As for teaching the actual text or content of the constitution, well, what's stopping us from pressing for that?

P.S. I don't mind the "under God" clause, even though it is a late addition to the pledge. But I draw the line at Jesus.

Posted by: Ara Rubyan [TypeKey Profile Page]

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