UPDATE: This article is almost four years old at the time of this update. I’ve since posted a more up to date version of this article which can be viewed [HERE]
I’m not in school so I never really have the opportunity to salute the flag or say the pledge of allegiance anymore. But when the situation arises, I don’t salute or recite the pledge. No, it’s not because I’m a terrorist. In fact I think if you were to meet me, you’d find I am very patriotic (although our definitions of patriotism might vary drastically). There are a number of reasons why I don’t recite the pledge or salute the flag.
1. While I love the flag and the people of America, I despise the republic for which it stands. I think the republic is dead. Instead we have some bizarre mash up of fascist socialism.
2. I don’t pledge allegiance to anybody. If you believe in God like I do, pledge allegiance to Him. If not, pledge allegiance to yourself and your own liberty. America was founded on the principles of personal liberty and independence, not nationalism. This country was started so we could live our own lives the way we want. We don’t exist for the benefit of anyone but ourselves and our loved ones.
3. The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a man named Francis Bellamy. It was written as a slogan or catch-phrase to boost flag sales. I find it ironic that it was written in order to make money on a capitalist free-market considering Francis Bellamy was a national socialist. Oh yeah. That brings me to my next point.
4. Francis Bellamy was a national socialist. He said himself that one of the purposes of the Pledge was to teach obedience to the state as a virtue. He did not believe in the same ideals that this country was founded on: personal liberty and personal responsibility. (And for those that haven’t made the connection, the shortened version of “national socialist” is “nazi”.)
5. It is a violation of the First Amendment to force people to say it. Now, I’m a Christian but I’m extremely uncomfortable with the government prompting people to recite a pledge that affirms a belief in a god. Why? Because if the government can force my religion down your throat, then they could also force your religion down mine. It’s best for everyone if the government just stays out of it. And hey, whaddya know? We have a First Amendment that theoretically protects us from things like that.
6. I am against the Union. I think we would all be better off if every State seceded. I think the federal government should be dissolved entirely. We don’t benefit from it at all. All it does is take our money and turn it around into new ways to trample on our rights.
Wow, that sounds pretty unpatriotic doesn’t it? I mean how patriotic can one be if they support the complete dissolution of the United States? Well may I remind you what the original patriots did? They didn’t wave the Union jack and sing God save King George. They started a bloody civil war and wrote the very first Constitution of it’s kind in history. Today the government would call them homegrown terrorists. And what why did they violently break away from their country? Was it so that they could wave a new flag and sing new nationalist songs? No. They did it because they wanted to be left alone. They didn’t do it for their country, they did it for themselves. That is patriotic.