When I visit schools, I am always pleased when they say “The Pledge of Allegiance”.
I believe there should be a flag at each business and place of worship with a requirement that each day start with that pledge. I do not say this as mere patriotic symbol, but as a way for all of us to reflect on the country we share. The pledge is meant to remind us why we all must interact with each other with human decency.
I fear decency is the thing that is being removed from our democratic process and has tainted our perceptions of acceptable treatment to our fellow citizens. Equally worse, it has poisoned how those across the globe view our country.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands”
This Republic can be an amazing place when our people work together, but when we lose sight of being United and instead separate ourselves into fractional divisions, we threaten the very fabric of the pledge and nation alike.
“One Nation under God, Indivisible”
We are becoming divisible. Our fellow citizens are telling us so. Black lives do matter – and it is sad state when any group feels the requirement through violence to remind us. The realty is that all lives matter and all voices matter as well. We must co-exist and work together to solve these issues and appreciate the others viewpoint. That is not easy to do but it is necessary to do.
Roosevelt himself warned us:
“The death-knell of the republic IS rung as soon as the active power becomes lodged in the hands of those who seek, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.”
“With Liberty and Justice for All.”
“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” (TR)
How can we teach our children to treat each other with decency when we don’t lead by example? How can children believe in the future when the people who want to lead us cannot demonstrate decency to each other?
Perhaps it is time to take a pledge to do so. I have a suggestion of a place to start, and almost any grade school student would be happy to teach it.