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October 10th, 2008 by eric

What is the Plejalejence? I’ve been thinking about it recently and I would guess that very few students even understand the words they are made to say every morning, much less believe them.

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.

It’s so short, but it has a lot of big words and some subtle meanings. Maybe I can rewrite it more simply…

I promise to be faithful to the concept of "The United States of America," whose symbol is a flag, and whose power of government is held by us, its people, and that the concept also means that all of the states together form one nation that cannot be separated because it was united by the authority of a supernatural being to which each citizen is humbled, and that every citizen has the right to act according to his or her own free will with the understanding that he or she will be treated fairly and equally by the government.

Shew! Those are a lot of big ideas for such a small phrase. And a lot of big ideas for a lot of children in public schools who are not constitutionally required to recite the pledge but who are likely to be intimidated or shamed into saying it along with the rest of their class, even though they have no idea what it means and have little basis for judging whether they really believe what they’re saying.

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