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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Get The Flag Out Of The Pledge.

You know what's seriously fucking weird? The idea of pledging allegiance to a flag. Yes, of course they do add in the "...and to the Republic for which it stands," but why even put the flag in there at all? Who cares, the flag. Piece of cloth! I mean, it's old, and it's glorious, I KNOW. I love the thing, myself - I'm a lover of banners, sigils and symbols! And the power they have to carry meaning. I love that! But to pledge allegiance to it? It's a bizarre thing.

Swearing an oath to protect or uphold the Constitution, now, that's a pledge with some fucking meaning to it! The Constitution does more than stand for something. It enumerates rights. It lays down guarantees. It's a sheet of paper, maybe, but its words pin down what is best and to the greatest benefit of all - it is an anchor, not a pennant. It doesn't just flap in the breeze. To pledge allegiance to a FLAG? ABSURD!! Might was well say, "I pledge allegiance to Air Force One, to Mount Rushmore and the Lincoln Memorial, and to the Repulic with which these things are generally associated..." WHO DOES THIS? Who pledges allegiance to a symbol? Far more meaningfully these days, in a cynical sense we might indeed stand with hand on heart, and declare: "I pledge allegiance to the Almighty Buck, and to the Republic by whose full faith and credit it is backed..."

You know? You know what I'm saying? Are people feeling me on this one? Just flip the two, and see how dumb it sounds to even bother to include the flag in there. "I pledge allegiance to the Republic of the United States of America, and...also to the flag, which is used to represent it visually..." What does that add? What does that add?

The flag does NOT belong in the pledge.

Look, even if you want to say "Hey buddy, the use of flag here is pretty clearly intended as metonymy" - nice try! You're still so off-base, there, you might as well be trying to play cricket on a basketball court. THAT is how off-base you are - FIGURATIVELY. Because if it's true what you say, that the flag is clearly meant as metonymy, then the shout out to the Republic is just-as-clearly redundant.


Pearl said...

I feel the same way, as I do about the words "under God" being added to things.


dogimo said...

Tee hee!

Yeah, this was my little attempt at a satire on that. Frankly, "under God" is a little strong for my liking, considered in light of the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment. The most it could possibly rightfully say would be something like...

"...and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, subject to the pervasive dominion of God only in the event that such God exists and is interested in exercising said dominion, which postulates shall be acknowledged as unproved, and therefore, unsuitable to serve as basis or justification for public policy decisions, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!"

Even if we don't add all the specific wording, I do strongly believe we should add the exclamation point.

You know, I've always kind of considered it strongly implied in "under God" that - supposing no such thing exists - we can all hypothetically go "WHEW! We're not under that." In that case.

Anyway. It's all a little bit up in the air at this point, so I'm not too worried. I see ZERO cause for worry!


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