My Pledge

I’ve been suffering from serious “information overload” for several days now.

While my intention has been to research the two additional bills I added to my Featured Pages section, I haven’t had time to even look at them. This past week I was working on a couple big projects, helping the wife plan a birthday party for the now 10 year old, and following up on questions I’ve had about the current administration.

I have a lot I want to write about, but it’s all getting stuck somewhere between the frontal lobe and the pointer finger, so you’ll have to excuse me for one more night. I do, however, want to talk about a video I saw this evening.

I heard about this new “Pledge” video so I decided to sit down and watch it. To say I was shocked is a complete understatement. Forget the “big brother” tone at the beginning or the creepy “Together we will be the change that we seek” mantra at the end, it’s the content of the video that floored me.

Take a look, then I will explain.

They pledged to help children dream big, and to represent their country with pride, dignity, and honesty. They pledged to turn their lights off, to sell their obnoxious cars, and to drive slower to save more gas.

Yet none of them pledged allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

They pledged to buy hybrids, to save the environment, and to consume less and cultivate more. They pledged to smile more, to laugh more, and to love more. They pledged to fight, to become aware, and to educate.

Yet none of them mentioned a word about the Republic for which it stands.

They pledged to not give up, to defend issues they care about, and to be of service to their neighbors. They pledged to commit to their own change before they ask anyone else to change and they pledged to actually “be the change”.

Yet no one thought to mention God or liberty.

They pledged to sell a culture of intelligence instead of ignorance, and one even pledged only to flush his toilet after a “deuce” but never after a single. They pledged to end 21st century slavery, but then turned around in the same breath and pledged to be servants of Barack Obama.

Where’s the justice in that?

They end their pledge by asking “What’s your pledge? Do you have a pledge?” Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I do have a pledge.

Unlike their pledge, I do not pledge to “be the change”. I love my country and I love it’s founding principles. I respect the Constitution and believe it’s the cornerstone of our society. I do not pledge my allegiance to any one man, one cause, or one idea. I pledge allegiance to my country.

“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.”

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