The Pledge: Habit or honor?

Do students think about the meaning of the pledge as they say it?

The Pledge: Habit or honor?

Christian Santiago

 

I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America. These are words that Americans are more than familiar with. For most Americans those words are a lifestyle. However, can these words be overused? Are they overrated? Do they symbolize a commitment that most aren’t willing to be faithful to. When schools enforce their students to stand and pledge their allegiance, what exactly is the existing allegiance that we are pledging to? Is it still the same pledge that was made through the blood sweat and tears that pulled this nation together, or is it only words? Words that are passed down and has become monotonous and deafening to the ear.

In a random survey, four teachers out of about 20 said that they make their students stand during the pledge. Is this wrong? Can you blame them? This has nothing to do with freedom of religion, but everything to do with the right to be free. This country gave you these rights. Liberty and justice for all. This has nothing to do with color, creed or anything else. This is the recognition of the common goal that our forefathers fought for us to have.

Mr. Huffman, who teaches history and American Government, says that saying the pledge is a small gesture to honor this country, but an important one.

“I don’t think it’s just standing up,” Huffman said. “I’m very patriotic and I think it’s an affirmation of how we feel about our country. I think we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re not perfect, but we’ve done more for the world than any other country. What’s a few seconds to say a pledge?”

One nation under god. One understanding. One unified goal. Under god. One would think that god is what unifies us, but what unifies us is the liberty and the justice. Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave? Waving meaning does it still stand for something? Does it still MEAN something? If not, what is the point of us standing up pledging allegiance to an allegiance that does not exist anymore? Do I still exist? Is it in our hearts that we as a people believe and still stand for this, or have we become so divided and entertained with so many other things that we forgot what the whole point was? Does it still wave?