YOU CAN'T CUT BACK ON FUNDING! YOU WILL REGRET THIS!
not saying under god is one thing. not standing up is another. by not standing up, you are disrespecting your country. i don't think thats right.
Hmm...perhaps I should go over all the reasons I never did stand up:
1). Pretty much every line in the Pledge is incorrect...let's see:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands.
I guess this part is alright, and it proves that are country wasn't meant to be a democracy after all...hehe.
One nation under God,
Um...NO. Good thing they took out the God part. This country is supposed to practice freedom of religion...where does this leave us atheists? Are we not meant to be a part of this nation? Are we some kind of second class citizens?
Again, this just shows that the pledge has nothing to do with the original purpose of this country. Everyone is entitled to their own views, culture, religion, whatever. You can divide this country in infinite ways. And its not indivisible in a political sense either. This country CAN be torn apart, externaly and internaly. From a couple hundred years of pompous bumbling, this country has made many enemies. Also, this country is not immune to revolution. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if there was an uprising in America in the next 10 years or so. Right now there are the masses who have been pacified by propaganda into thinking Bush is the new messiah or something and that everything this country does is right, but there are also a great many people who are very angered at what kind of bullshit the government is getting away with. If these people ever get organised, there could quite possibly be some sort of revolution.
with liberty and justice for all
...except for all the slaves owned by the rich landowners back in the day. And the women who were treated like 2nd class citizens until only a century ago, who are still payed significantly less than their male coworkers. And the blacks who had to deal with both societal and political opression up until 40 years ago, who are forced into ghettoes because they have been snubbed by the government. And the native Americans whose ancestors were slaghtered by the millions by the government, and are now slowly dying on desolate underfunded reservations of poverty and alcoholism. And all the people branded as 'communists' by the government who were blacklisted and forced out of their jobs just because they had differing political views. And all the poor of the baby boom generation who were sent into a war that shouldn't have been and killed before they were even allowed to vote, while their friends who were lucky enough to stay home protested the whole thing, only to be mocked and called drug-crazed 'hippies'. And last but not least, anyone who is not American, especialy non-caucasiods, and very much so those 'dirty arabs' who can now be stopped on the street, imprisoned, and stripped of their rights at any time.
2). I find it amusing that I have to plege my allegience to a country I never chose to live in. Its just chance that I was born here. I guess I'm lucky that I was born as a girl in China (though my chances of being so were far greater), but just because I haven't been euthanized and I'm not living in a pile of filth doesn't mean my country is the all knowing greatest nation on the face of the Earth either.
Yeah, and I know someone is going to say 'Why don't you move, you dumbass', but thats a lot easier said than done. First off, I need money, secondly all my friends and family live here and it would be hard to just leave all of them, and I'm going to guess that changing citizenships is going to be a complicated bitch of a task.
3). I don't like the idea of having to pledge allegience to anything. What I do is going to be by my will alone, and not just because something says I have to. Humans are lucky to have free thought, so why can't we use it? Sure, its just a few words, but words can hold a lot of power behind them, and I don't willingly thow words around if I'm being serious.
And so, thats why I never said the pledge. Well, I did a couple times, like the few days following 9/11, just because I needed a little social comfort with all the fear and confusion hanging heavy in the air. Yep...