During my daily flip through news channels, I heard the Blonde-of-the-Moment mention, in a tone suggesting Armageddon, that some other news organization had done a bit on the Pledge of Allegiance. It seems that they got the words wrong, by leaving out "under god". Of course, for some, these are the two most important words in the bloody thing, but they were not always there.
I recall being in grade school and being forced to recite the pledge each morning. At some point, the text was changed to include those two little words. I'm sure that we were given an explanation, provided by the Department of Education or some other holy body. I remember only reciting the words and then getting on with school. Looking back, I realize that this change was made during a Republican administration, so guess had a hand in the change.
People are complaining about the wrong things. They should be criticizing the inclusion of those two words. Anyone knowing history and understanding the characters that wrote the Constitution will know that the Founding Fathers would be appalled. Most, if not all, were anti-religion. That's why they included the bit about separation of church and state, which most folks seem to ignore these days. Too much money has been spent by religious organizations to make people forget. Politicians might paint a portion of the Constitution of a tour bus, but that does not lead to anyone reading...and understanding... the content.
People also place too much weight on foolish pledges. They are only words. I'm sure that Charles Manson, David Koresh, Ted Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh dutifully recited the pledge each morning for years....
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.