When I was a kid I was taught the pledge of allegiance. It was explained to me that some ideas are so important that it is good to repeat them by rote. Each day before school we stood before the flag and put our hands on our ribs, saying the pledge:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag, and to the republic for which it stands,"
This statement is deceptive in that it claims unconditional allegiance is patriotism, but actually it is serfdom.
"One nation under God,"
Like the Arab states the land contained inside our arbitrary political borders is of course favored by God. This means that we, as a nation, are justified when we commit atrocities - as long as we do it for our country!
How horrible. Taken literally this means no person can ever opt out of being part of the country. And indeed this is what is meant: no secession. In all matters the Federal government is supreme, since they have the most guns and the majority of people are cowards.
"With liberty and justice for all"
That is, unless you are an immigrant, or want to fly on an airplane, or want to ingest a drug, or don't want to pay tax. Or are jailed indefinitely for being a "person of interest" except except except except
Vain repetition is dangerous. Do not support any institution that contradicts your values. This holiday, don't say the pledge. Not even a version modified to remove 'god' from it. Don't take off your hat. Don't stand in respect.
If we are virtuous we must love because of what is, not what some say it is.
Repeating the lies in the pledge help no one and harm everyone by encouraging complacency.