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Pledge of Allegiance woes

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I recall being in a school auditorium as a youngster when they added the words, ‘under God’ to the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Doak and Mr. Burke, Civics and History teachers were up there trying to get it right while teaching it to a couple of hundred kids.

Kid’s who were still on shaky ground from learning it the first time. That would have been in the mid-1950s.

Now, a Federal District Judge in San Francisco’s declared the phrase, ‘under God’, to be unconstitutional, which means the US Supreme Court will one day devote time and energy to deciding which way the wind’s blowing. The question of whether the framers of the Constitution would have thought a child having to say, ‘under God’ is a fairly weird one.

The reason it’s weird lies in the fact that the question of whether this nation is indivisible was never considered by the Supreme Court, never mentioned in the US Constitution.

It was decided by force of arms, one half, (the half possessing an army) of the nation believing it was indivisible, the other half believing it was divisible. The stronger half forced the weaker half to accept indivisibility at gunpoint after a lot of bloodshed.

Thus, the Pledge of Allegiance came into existence after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. The winning side forced each surrendering Confederate soldier to say a pledge accepting indivisibility as one of the precepts of citizenship, followed afterward by many generations saying the pledge from early childhood since then.

But the US Supreme Court was never asked whether that Pledge acknowledging indivisibility was Constitutional, which might have saved a hundred thousand lives, legs, arms, and a whole different approach to US governance.

Instead, they’ll be asked to decide the easier matter of whether it’s a violation of a child’s civil liberty to utter the words, “Under God”.

 

Jack.

 

Entry #289

Comments

1.
TenajComment by Tenaj - September 15, 2005, 5:21 pm
Sometimes I think the people who run our government are a bunch of idiots.

tenaj
2.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 15, 2005, 5:38 pm
Sometimes I think they're idiots, sometimes I think they're something a lot worse and more sinister than idiots.

Thanks for the comment,
Jack
3.
BaristaExpressComment by BaristaExpress - September 15, 2005, 11:41 pm
The courts better be willing to go on for a very long time then! Because of every elected person in DC. took an oath with the phrase " So Help You God!" And so does every witness on a witness stand! If the phrase "Under God" in our pledge of allegiance is rule Unconstitutional, that would mean each and every elected official that took that oath (including all armed forces) are in violation of our Constitution! And then if they are in violation, doesn't that make the election null and void? And doesn't it make Our Armed Forces in violation also? And to top it off just think of all those witnesses on the stand that took that oath that convicted someone of the crime they were charged with! If it's ruled Unconstitutional this country will be in such turmoil it will be destroyed! You might call it another revolution!
4.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 15, 2005, 11:45 pm
And then if they are in violation, doesn't that make the election null and void? And doesn't it make Our Armed Forces in violation also? And to top it off just think of all those witnesses on the stand that took that oath that convicted someone of the crime they were charged with! If it's ruled Unconstitutional this country will be in such turmoil it will be destroyed! You might call it another revolution!

Thanks for the comment, barista.
In answer to all your rhetorical questions I'd answer, "Probably not." But I'm no better at predicting the future than I am at assaying the past.

Best to you,
Jack
5.
ToddComment by Todd - September 16, 2005, 12:29 am
Jack, That was a brilliant post.
6.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 16, 2005, 7:36 am
Thanks Todd.
J

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