I am patriotic as hell. I also think patriotism is something you should feel and it doesn't have to be broadcast to be felt. I think a lot people bleat about being patriotic because it's expected or popular, but don't actually FEEL it.
That said, I disagree with indoctrinating kids to SAY the pledge every morning. One, they don't understand fully what they are committing themselves to - an alliance to a gov't. Second, by the time they ARE old enough to comprehend, the pledge has become just "something they say" and they have lost the MEANING of it.
I say it. I leave out the "under God" because it was ADDED to the pledge in the 50's to root out Communists. I think it's silly and presumputous. Are we assuming every other country is NOT "under God"? But that's because I understand what I'm saying and the power of the words and what they stand for. When I say it, I MEAN it. I expect no less from anyone else.
at 12:58 PM on Oct. 18, 2010