I think we all forget at times what we recited as a child in school. There is real meaning here.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one Nation under GOD, indivisible, with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all.

Our government system was defined by our founders as a republic, not a democracy. We were founded as a nation under God, using his natural laws as the basis for our laws. Our states are not like European nation-states. Ours are indivisible. Yet our system was created such that the states were to hold most of the power. James Madison wrote:

The powers delegated by the proposed constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. . . . The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

Today, politicians from both sides of the aisle are making every attempt for the states to become beholden to the federal government. In many cases they have been successful, as we the people have allowed them to slowly chip away at our right to govern ourselves locally. Every state takes federal money with strings attached. Strings that we the people did not agree to, yet they are attached to our money. Further, it seems every multi-billion and multi-trillion dollar bill proposed or passed over the past year has been labeled an “emergency”, or what Madison would have called outside “the ordinary course of affairs”.

One simple example is the supposed “stimulus” package. We were told it was an emergency, that the economy would come crashing down if we didn’t pass it today. However, with less than 20% of it spent, economists are now saying we are either nearly out of the recession or out of the recession entirely.

All of the healthcare proposals are from the same vein. There is no emergency, just a pretended one, purported by politicians and promoted endlessly by the media.

Give us our freedom back. We the people are who should by free to define where our money should be spent, not the crooks in Washington. Real healthcare reform would entail less regulation to create downward competition on cost. Real honesty from politicians would demand repealing the rest of the “stimulus” bill.

“Justice,” the final point I highlighted in The Pledge of Allegiance, is blind. It is as God is because the principle comes from God. Justice is “no respecter of persons”. Social justice, also a creation of politicians for power, is an oxymoron because it places one part of society above another.

Let us remember the principles our country was founded on and fight vigorously to uphold those principles. It is no accident that our constitution, our country, and our people have stood for so long. It is my belief that though us, the people, our country through our freedom will stand until the end of time. But we must stand up and fight for our founding principles.

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