Pledge Of Allegiance
When we pledge allegiance to something, is our allegiance to an idea or the reality? During this time of the year, as we mark the birth of the Nation, I ask you to ponder this simple question: Do you align yourself with the idea of what America is supposed to be or the reality of what America is? I would argue that these two things are not one in the same.
The idea of America is marked by its freedom and liberties. It is marked by its government being for the people, by the people and of the people. The idea of America is that of a divine nation marked by the will to spread love, peace and prosperity. These ideas of freedom, democracy, and love are synonymous with the belief in America.
Throughout the history of America there has been a constant battle for equal rights. Those who are sworn to enforce the law are using lethal force and engaging in acts that are detrimental to the community, while those who are sworn to uphold the law are sentencing citizens to privately-owned for-profit prisons. These actions perpetrated by the government have been met with constant protest by the people, even resulting in the loss of million dollar jobs by those whom protest the injustice of the judiciary system and the practices of law enforcement. Whether it is the War on Drugs, the War on Terrorism, or the War on Poverty, America is always fighting. Where is the Love and Peace?
America's ideas of freedom and liberty are noble and worthy of a pledge of allegiance. But what if the reality doesn't match the idea and the government you are being asked to pledge allegiance to is at odds with your core fundamental beliefs? America's highly touted democratic government is currently headed by an administration that lost the popular vote and is widely opposed and riddled with corruption. The current administration has broken major treaties and trade agreements, bickered with our neighbors, and is dead set on building a wall along the border. So what happens if you disagree with these actions and want nothing to do with the administration's decisions and their consequences? What happens when the government imposes a travel ban on the people from your home country, and threatens to use the greatest military in the world on the people with whom you share your faith, your people?
The million dollar question is whether you pledge allegiance to the idea of America or the reality of America at the moment. If you pledge allegiance to the idea of America, are you accepting the reality? Are you stating that the current situation is adequate and the Government reflects your best interests? Most importantly, are you pledging allegiance to all the actions of the Government and accepting Donald J. Trump as America's, and your own, sworn leader, and dedicating yourself to make America Great Again. When asking yourself these questions, ponder the fact that, in the "land of the free" and "home of the brave", the "Leader of the Free World" has ridiculed and condemned those who peacefully took a knee during the National Anthem to protest injustice and the killing of innocent citizens, citizens that lost their liberties, freedom and lives to law enforcement. Does this reality reflect the ideas of America, and if not what do you pledge allegiance to?