There have been many arguments about players not saluting the flag or being present for the Pledge Of Allegiance. Right now, America is witnessing an era much like the one that gave birth to the Age of Enlightenment. The Age of Enlightenment took place in the 17th and 18th centuries. The era came forward after wars and conflicts caused people to look closer at their current circumstances. They would start to look closer at the government and their ways of living.
Today people are once again questioning the government and what the roles of government should mean when it comes to everyday life. One of the arguments that we often hear today is surrounded by the question about socialism. We currently have two ruling parties in the United States, and it would appear that one party doesn’t understand that they have perhaps been answering to socialism this entire time.
The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Christian socialist named Francis Bellamy in 1892. His Pledge of Allegiance would be altered in the future to fit our American views, but it still sets the table for a socialist dinner with all of us seated around the table. In 1954 President Eisenhower had the words Under God added to the Pledge of Allegiance, but this was not the first addition to the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Bellamy’s Christian Socialist group believed in the idea of equality. Ironically, I believe that Mr. Bellamy would be kneeling with the players on the field right now due to our current situation and how we are once again torn apart.
He was a Christian and he wanted to fight the evils of capitalism. He was also looking at ways to bring people together. In the very first line of the Pledge, ” I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Look at the part that says justice for all.
Is justice playing out for all Americans? You have poor people, people of color, and women, who often find a hard time achieving equality. My daughter was attacked by a mob of children some years ago when we lived in Garland, Texas. There were 11 or 12 girls that attacked my child, but the police only wanted to charge one child. The cops wanted to charge the black child with a misdemeanor, while they wanted to let the other children off free. I remember the officer telling me that he felt like the other children were good kids and that they would never do anything like that again.
I refused to let them blame the incident on one child when all of the children hit and kicked my daughter. It was way too easy to blame everything on one child, and it wasn’t going to happen on my watch. This is what inequality looks like. It is a situation that showcases many wrongdoers, but only punishes people of a certain race.
When people choose to bend or stay in the locker rooms during the Pledge of Allegiance, they are not saying they do not love America. They are indicating that something is wrong with America. Not only are they honoring the integrity of the Pledge, but they are also honoring their freedom. Countless people have died for us to have the right to argue, eat, walk, practice our religion, and even kneel if we feel the need. By telling people that they cannot practice their freedoms, you are engaging in your own form of socialist behavior.
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