That pledge thing

We Americans know how it goes as we did it every day in school. I pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…It is more important than the national anthem, as its words have greater meaning and depth than the song.

I want to call attention to what is not included. It does not say I pledge allegiance to the Democratic Party, the Republican Party or one of the other parties. Nor do we pledge our oath to a splinter group or specific individual. And, while many are faithful, our pledge honors a commitment to allow people to worship how they see fit.

Our tribe are the citizens of the United States of America. We pledge to a republic  which is indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Those last two words are not caveated. It also does not say my freedoms are more important than yours. And, the converse is not true.

When our leaders do not honor this pledge like we do or turn their heads when other leaders are not upholding their end of the bargain, we need to be critical of these shortcomings. As an Independent voter who has been a member of both parties, neither party has all the good ideas and both have some bad ones.

What I have less tolerance for is American citizens ignoring the obvious. We have an elected President who daily is attacking our democracy. Very few people would want to work for a person like this. Do not tell me he is telling the truth as his lying is routine. Do not tell me the mainstream media is unfairly criticizing him as I don’t see that. Do not tell me this is not impacting us when our allies think we are less trustworthy and civil discourse continues its decline with this man at the helm.

We have serious problems in our country and it is hard enough to solve them when we consider the truth and consider each other’s opinions. When we do not, we stand little chance In hell to do so.


12 thoughts on “That pledge thing

  1. Good post, Keith! It seems that far too many are turning against each other, rather than uniting against the forces that are threatening the very core principles of our government. Our elected officials are letting the ball drop every day, yet many citizens, rather than hold the president and members of Congress’ feet to the fire, blame the opposite party, the media, and just about anybody except the real culprits. I hope November brings some changes.

    • Jill, many thanks. I think many of us have grown weary of blaming everyone else. The President claims he is unfairly treated and the media is a demon, when in fact his worst enemy stares back at him each day when he shaves in front of the mirror.

      He is in full throttle defamation mode with James Comey. Comey is an honorable man who is self reflective of his mistakes. To me, Trump is proving everything Comey said is true with his bombast. Keith

      • Yes, I think many of us have grown weary of this whole mess. The blame game has its roots high in the administration … at the very top, in fact. Ever hear Trump say ‘mea culpa’? Nope, it’s always somebody’s fault, either Congress’, or somebody in his employ, or we the people, or the justice department, or the media, and if all else fails, it’s Hillary’s or Obama’s fault. NOT ONE TIME has he owned up to a single mistake. An end … we need an end to it, or at least a light at the end of the tunnel that is NOT a freight train!

      • Jill, I am all for avoiding the oncoming freight train. To your point, Trump entered the political arena when he accused Obama of not being foreign born repetively. Then, when he finally said he was born here, he blamed Hillary Clinton for first claiming this. Really? Keith

      • Narcissistic would be another. He has a very hard time admitting he was wrong – it is more of “you misunderstood me, so it is your fault.”

  2. Note to Readers: Speaking of pledges, a prosecutor who worked with James Comey was on PBS Newshour tonight. He said he has worked with Comey for twenty five years and found him to be a truthful person. While some folks may disagree with Comey on some of his decisions, he seems to be very forthcoming. And, prior to the 2016 election, he was held in esteem by both parties.

  3. Dear Keith,

    I am thinking that the case that’s being developed against Mr. Cohen will eventually expose the president’s lies about “NO COLLUSION.” At that point, even the GOP will have to grow a spine by facing reality, that they cannot operate a government with a Russian asset who is furthering Russia’s interests at the expense of the best interests of the USA. They will have to honor their oath of office.

    It will be up to all of us to raise the level of civility in our discourse and call out those who want to divide us with lies, blaming, hate rhetoric etc. Frankly this has become too normal.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, agreed. Cohen continues to lie about Prague. At some point, he will realize the lies can be proven as such. It will be interesting to see what happens when Trump throws Cohen and others under the bus. That spine things is hard for some to regrow. It will be more of a matter that the bad outweighs the good. It always has, they have just chosen to ignore the scales.

      When I see Trump, I do not see an innocent man. Keith

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