What kind of “democracy” has a “Pledge of Allegiance” to a symbol (such as a flag), a symbol that can be burned or “desecrated” in any way as a form of NON-violent peaceful protest? If a true democracy is going to have ANY kind of self-characterizing unison-chanted loyalty oath, shouldn’t it be an oath of loyalty to “freedom of opinion and expression” as a basic, fundamental, and inherent right of all citizens? How can there be “liberty and justice for all” when all children are being brainwashed into ritualistically Seig-heiling a visual symbol that may very well, at some point, be “desecrated” in effigy as a form of NON-violent peaceful protest?
What is true patriotism? Is true patriotism the love and concern for a decorated piece of cloth? Is true patriotism the love and concern for one’s fellow citizens, and the hope that there will truly be “liberty and justice for all”?
Does the Star-Spangled Banner still wave over a land that is TRULY free and brave?