It is, after all, the "pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America." Now, I am a loyal American, but I am not an idolator, and it does not seem right that I should pledge allegiance to a thing.
I understand that the "flag" is intended as a metaphor for the nation at large, and I understand people's reverence for it. Although I would not "desecrate" the US flag, it is still not a holy object. At bottom, a flag is nothing more than a piece of more-or-less gaudy cloth, and it is not worth a single human life.
I believe that, if you called up the ghost of any soldier, sailor, marine or aircrew and asked them, "Did you die for the flag?" they would answer, "I died for my country," or "For freedom," or "For the folks back home," or, "For my buddies," but that the flag would be way down the list.
Talking with other people of like mind, I have heard it called into question whether "one nation, indivisible," or "with liberty and justice for all," are in fact true and can be said with sincerity. As to those, I choose to think they are aspirational, ideals we pledge to strive toward.
So, here's my pledge:
"I pledge allegiance to the United States of America; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
What's wrong with that?
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