A pledge of allegiance controversy has broken out in North Collins. The details are hard to grasp but Christina Abt gives it a try here. Should each class say the pledge separately or be led by a higher authority on the PA system?
This is bizarre. In America, government was formed to serve the people. The people have rights. Government is a mere instrumentality. You can quibble about the meaning of the pledge but a fair interpretation is that one pledges allegiance to the state. How that squares with the goal of “liberty” for all has yet to be explained.
The pledge was written by a socialist in the post-Civil War years and I take it was meant to rub Johnny Reb’s nose in the dirt.
A “republic” in the best sense is a government formed by mutual consent to secure individual rights by exercising only delegated powers. As stated in our founding document, the people at any time may abolish the government so the notion that our Republic is “indivisible” is nonsense. And you want me to pledge to nonsense?
So here we are in the 50th year of our decline in WNY. In the land of the free, children are ripped out of their homes by the state and forced to attend daytime propaganda prisons run by the state that their parents are forced to pay for even if that leaves them penniless to pay for their own religious schools. And members of the local “tea party” movement are arguing that we cannot “let people get away with not saying the pledge.”
Folks, the purpose of the tea party movement is to vindicate the natural right to liberty. If you oppose that, maybe you should just stick with the Republican Party. They have done one hell of a job of destroying liberty ever since they took power.
In the meantime, I await the day when the state pledges allegiance to individual rights.
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