The Pledge Of Allegiance could have been one of America’s First ENCOUNTERs with SOCIALISM.

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.

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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.

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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.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-man-who-wrote-the-pledge-of-allegiance-93907224/

https://www.independent.org/news/article.asp?id=1281

https://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm

What does a vote for Trump Mean This Time Around?

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There will come a time in the near future that requires our attention to detail. It will require our knowledge of the past as well as our ability to judge our future based on the present. Today we are standing at the edge of a cliff as a country. We are neither bad or good by default. Most of us are strong willed people with great values. We hold those values close to our heart. We all come from different walks of life and have different views of what it takes to be a good citizen. However, in order to truly protect our country we must accept the need for a different path.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Confucius

This is perhaps one of my favorite quotes of all time because it shows the need to grow. Reflection is thinking about things we have done, or that will be done. It is almost like a set of directions that one must understand before they are able to put those directions into play. It reminds me of the time when my husband and I were stationed at our second duty station. We had just purchased our first bookshelf. I was very excited because I had never had a bookshelf. There we were excited to the max over owning our first bookshelf. Jon took it inside and pulled out the instructions.

After what seemed like hours, we finally had our bookshelf. He took the time to reflect or study the directions. It looked just like the picture on the box. If we were judging by imitation, the bookcase was a success. However, after we placed our first few books in the top shelf our bookcase shattered to the ground. It looked sturdy, ideal and perfect without any defect. Yet, our best efforts had proven to be a little lacking. Jon thought he could memorize the details of the directions which was our downfall.

Voting is a little like putting together a really expensive bookcase. In order to understand the person you are looking to place into office, you must understand their ability to reason for the betterment of the people. It is easy to stand and say all the right words especially when they are given to you. You might even be able to imitate ruling to some degree until a situation calls for the heart of a real leader. In those moments that a country barely stands, a leader is needed to pull them up. COVID-19 brought us and other nations to our knees. Our leader did not lead because he did not have the experience in dealing with a country in crisis mode. Our cabinets have rarely been manned properly since he has been on office due to high turnover rates. Perhaps, this is how one can run a business, but this is not how one runs a country.

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We are living in the aftermath of voting Trump in office. We are experiencing what it feels like to have him as a leader in a crisis situation. I am speaking from my heart to your heart when I say this. Our brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers did not die on battlefields so that we would give this great country over to wealth and privilege. We won our freedom from people like Trump many years ago, so it is time to remember the dream. America must not be allowed to drift into a deep sleep under any man or leader. Trump has shown how he feels about the less fortunate. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-new-york-lawsuit/judge-voids-trump-administration-restrictions-on-coronavirus-sick-leave-idUSKCN24Z1Y6

How Will Schools Cope With Teaching In A COVID-19 Atmosphere Created By Trump?

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Ask any teacher or principal across America this month, and you will hear one common phrase. They all echo fears of seeing their students get sick or their staff members. In many ways, we are seeing our teachers get tossed onto the front-lines. The enemy is COVID-19, but the teachers lack the full understanding and guidance of what needs to be done to prevent new infections, which makes for a future bloodbath.

Our government is banking on the same outcomes that other countries have seen in regards to school openings. However, what they are not explaining is the difference in COVID-19 cases, which played a large factor in how these schools were able to open.

Below are two links that show how many cases in least 13 other countries. The sites show what these countries had before they opened their schools. You will find that none of the countries had anywhere near our numbers. It is quite alarming when you look at it. The vast majority of these countries had under 70000 cases. There was only one or two with cases near 200000.

https://www.heritage.org/education/commentary/more-20-countries-are-reopening-schools-the-us-should-take-note

https://covid19.who.int/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0omSvvCB6wIVjobACh0QWgpTEAAYASAAEgJul_D_BwE

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In those countries that our government talks about; the outbreak was under control to some degree. However, in America, we are sitting at millions of cases, and that showcases a different dilemma altogether. Perhaps, our biggest problem stems from people still not understanding what COVID-19 is. Many people still believe that COVID-19 is nothing more than the flu. Trump has never really pushed the importance of bringing the numbers down in ways that other leaders of some of the countries in question took control.

While some countries insured real lockdowns and leaders guided their nations through COVID-19, Trump let the governors take control of COVID-19. Due to the political storm currently taking place in the United States, many states are now in near despair with COVID-19 cases. Our recovery has never been about health; it has always been about finances. If you look at the numbers of cases for any of the countries that opened schools you will see a clear sign. We are not ready for schools to reopen. Our numbers are too high and we have yet to get real guidance on dealing with COVID-19.

At this point all we can do as a nation is pray for our schools!