When we place our hands over our hearts and recite the pledge to flag and country what exactly are we swearing allegiance to? As Americans we take pride in our country and often wear our patriotism proudly, but have you ever stopped to think what it might mean if the flag and the country it represented stopped symbolizing liberty and justice for all? Would you still swear allegiance to that flag?
Flags and countries are just representations of government. Government, as our first President George Washington put it, is “a dangerous servant and a fearful master”. No people should ever swear allegiance or fealty to any such entity for they may at some point, as Thomas Jefferson, our third President stated, find it necessary to “dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.”
Our allegiance should lie with the ideas that make us free not the government we form to protect that freedom.