Sunday, January 16, 2005
Pledge of Allegiance
A New Pledge of Allegiance
Congress can change, and has changed, the Pledge of Allegiance. The present Pledge is not in accordance with our Constitution. The Constitution is the basic framework of our system of government and, as stated in the Constitution itself, the "supreme law of the land." The Constitution provides for a democratic system of government by the people. The Pledge refers to our government as a "republic," which is not necessarily a democracy. Inserting the words "under God" is contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution. God is not mentioned in the Constitution. The Constitution makes it perfectly clear: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." It also provides that the laws are to be enacted by the legislative branch (Congress), not by the executive branch (the President). As provided in the Constitution, the president-elect must take either an oath or can solemnly affirm to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. No President has the right to take it upon himself the role of legislating support for establishments of religion. The extensive written records of the framers of our Constitution and the Constitution itself makes it perfectly clear: there shall be an unequivocal separation between church and state. That wall is under constant attack by radio televangelists. As first step to defend our Constitution against this un-American crusade, I propose the following change in the Pledge:
I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America and to the democracy for which it stands, a nation with freedom and justice for all.
Jefferson knew that our new government was a representational democracy and therefore a republic, but democracy is the term he chose. History loves to reinterpret motives and even redefine words.
Brief note on scientific theory. It is agreed among all scientists that a theory is NEVER proven. Look it up.