“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation ……, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Even when you pull the words “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance, the bottom line is simple: Liberty and Justice For All.
Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that when you try to take a right from one group to usurp a perceived right of your own in its place, that suddenly the “for all” part of that pledge is trashed? When one group says “You HAVE to bake me a cake,” or “You CANNOT marry that person,” then the entire idea of Liberty, responsibility and freedom is diminished? There are many other comparisons we could make.
Our Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been under relentless attack for decades. And it makes perfect sense. If we don’t know what rights we have, don’t understand the freedoms that are ours, then we won’t resist when both our rights and freedoms are whittled away by unscrupulous politicians. If the American people could grasp the fact that The Constitution is a document of limits on government, not the people, and that the Bill of Rights is an essential checklist to use when a politician makes you a promise, perhaps we would not be in the situation we are as we approach the Presidential election of 2016.
The promises many politicians make have nothing to do with defending your rights, expanding your liberty, or making you more free. And if you think that big promise does all of those things for you, please ask yourself if that is still true for others. Does that promise perhaps sweeten your tea, but pour vinegar in another’s?
We bolster the existence of the “special interest” every time we allow that to happen. And how hypocritical of politicians to stand and pound a podium, railing against “special interests” all the while making promises for one group at the expense of another without their consent.
In case any of us forgets what truly gives us Liberty and Justice For All: