Saturday, April 23, 2005

I Pledge Allegiance...

First, this Denver story from the Washington Times via Michelle Malkin:
Altered Pledge of Allegiance stuns students

DENVER -- The students in Vincent Pulciani's seventh-grade class were reciting the Pledge of Allegiance this week when they heard the voice over the intercom say something they'd never heard before, at least not during the Pledge.

Instead of "one nation, under God," the voice said, "one nation, under your belief system."

The bewildered students at Everitt Middle School in Wheat Ridge never even got to "indivisible," according to Vincent's mother, Christina Pulciani-Johnson.
Then, this important renovation of the Pledge, from ViewFromTheFoothills blog:
"I pledge [allegiance] some occasional recognition
to the [Flag] symbols of oppression
of the [United States] diverse indigenous peoples of [America] the landmass referred to by oppressive European conquistadors as "America"
and to the [Republic] totalitarian theocracy for which it stands,
[one nation,] a Balkanized patchwork of cultures,
[under God,] under each individuals' personal belief system
[indivisible,] divided into innumerable unique communities of culture,
[with liberty and justice for all.] where some are more equal than others."


Anonymous said...

I always thought "God" was fairly generic. Could be a god of any or every religion.
What is a belief system? I assume you could have one without a god, but is it a system then? If my belief system is the Illuminati, does that mean he's saying 'One Nation, under the Illuminati'? Or if I just believe in me, 'One nation, under ME'?
I didn't believe the Pedge is open to interpretation. I HATE when people jazz up the National Anthem! Just sing the song as writen. I like Hendrix's National Anthem, but don't want to hear it at a baseball game.
Of course, that's just my opinion.
If the Nation IS under me, my opinion becomes law, correct?

Overload in Colorado

Anonymous said...

I remember in High School (has it really been 9 years since graduation?!) they held a "pep rally" wherein some black girl sang the "Black National Anthem." I can't tell you how offended I was by that. I don't remember many details of the lyrics as I was far too mad to pay more than cursory attention. It never ceases to amaze me how much racism non-white people can get away with, while white people are examined under a microscope for any hint of bigotry.

Why can't we all be "Americans" and drop the damn hyphenations. Identity politics is just getting far too caustic, and if anything will bring this great down it will be that.