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It seems that so often when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, "liberty and justice for all" is forgotten and instead we focus on "I pledge" and "under God." We forget what is being given to us in return for our pledge: liberty and justice. How can we fail to hold up our end of the bargain but still accept free education, a Permanent Fund check, and all the rights listed in the Constitution? Yet even as we refuse to say the pledge, the United States continues to hold up its end of the bargain, and we continue to accept it. It's not hard to conclude that something's not right.
As for the line "under God," why does it only come into play when things are expected from us? When spending your $1,964 Permanent Fund check will you object to the words, "In God we trust" printed on each bill? I doubt it.