Pledge merely a 'jingoistic pablum'

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, January 05, 2004

I have been following the letters in response to Logan Spencer's excellent letter about the Pledge of Allegiance, and why he will no longer stand up and recite it in class. I must say that there sure seem to be quite a few extremely insecure people out there if they feel the need to attack Mr. Logan in the letters column.

Mr. Logan is simply expressing his opinion about why he will no longer stand up with his classmates and mindlessly parrot a meaningless set of words whose import and direction he disagrees.

I happen to agree wholeheartedly with him. I have not recited the Pledge of Allegiance in public in years because my allegiance is to God and the ideals upon which this country was founded, not a piece of fabric with stars on it.

The Pledge of Allegiance is simply jingoistic pablum the right wing in this country uses as a linguistic cudgel to browbeat dissents and force everyone to toe the party line. I, for one, will have nothing to do with it.

To put it in rough analogy: Say that your spouse demanded that every week, once a week, or every day, once a day, you both had to go back to the church you were married in, gather all your friends and families together again, and recite your wedding vows, over and over again.

Did your spouse not trust you? Did your spouse not believe you when you uttered those words before God Almighty and all the assembled witnesses? Is your spouse so insecure that he or she demands you repeat the promise you made? Is your spouse afraid you will go back on your promise? What exactly are you afraid of?

Liam Wescott


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