Richmond Times-Dispatch

‘Pledge of Allegiance’ remains important



On. Jan. 6, I saw the insurrecti­on urged on bymy president, supported by both men and women, young and old, who believed in the unsupporte­d ravings of a man who doesn’t have personal integrity, and who probably hasn’t repeated the Pledge of Allegiance (to the U.S. flag) in a long time. Didn’t we all start our education every morning in essentiall­y the same way by reciting daily the pledge?

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisibl­e with liberty and justice for all.”

Why daily, as children? Not just be able to memorize it but also to understand its meaning. When did we stop saying it in school or when did we stop believing it was important? Now in 2021, we need to repeat it daily to reaffirm our beliefs and values because if we don’t, we become a nation of insurrecti­onists and bigots. We begin to believe the rhetoric that promotes our bigotry, our hatred of those “not like us.” Maybe we need to have a nationwide class on what the pledge means to us a nation of diversity.



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