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14 June 2011

Pledges of Allegiance

Original by Francis Bellamy

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


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.

Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

Original Version + 5th stanza by Oliver Wendall Holmes

Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose bright stars and broad stripes, through the clouds of the fight*,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

*"Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight," This line eventually became the 3rd line. Source- Wikipedia.

On the shore, dimly seen through the glass of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

When our land is illumined with liberty's smile,
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.*

* This last stanza was written by Oliver Wendall Holmes. Source- Wikipedia

What Does Old Glory Stand for? 

(Reprint from 14 June 2010)

A favorite pastime for GOP politicians is trying to amend the US Constitution. Reportedly, 42 amendments are up for consideration in Congress, including one that would ban the burning of Old Glory which would naturally conflict with their support of property rights. What if someone purchased red, white and blue colored cloth and skillfully created an American flag. Would the flag suddenly be protected by an amendment from being destroyed and would in effect transform that flag from being ones personal property to the property of the nation? This would result in its supposed owner merely becoming the caretaker of that flag as opposed to its real owner.

As offensive as burning the American flag is, it is currently protected speech under the 1st amendment of the Bill of Rights which bothers conservatives. There is much in this nation which is offensive to someone, such as the perpetual lies emanating from FOX news is to liberals. Should FOX news be banned on the grounds of offensiveness?

The passage of the flag burning amendment would in effect modify the 1st amendment. What conservatives, who are in favor of banning this offense to our nation's pride, seem not to understand is the flag itself is not as important as the ideals it represents or perhaps they are just too busy wrapping themselves up within the flag in order to show off their patriotism and in doing so, score political points with the their base.

The Bill of rights protecting the rights of the citizenry of the USA is more than just the right to bare arms, a right dear to the hearts of conservatives. It also guarantees the freedom of expression, the right to freely petition the government to address ones personal grievances, the right to be free from having ones property searched and seized without just cause and compensation and the right to due process and trial by ones peers. That is what America is theoretically about.

Our flag represents our freedoms, such as that of free speech. This means ironically that our flag which symbolizes our freedoms, includes the right to commit the extremely offensive act of burning that flag.  It is the respect for the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, which must be extended to all of our fellow citizens and beyond, that will make the United States of America the great nation that it should be.

This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From Redwood Forest the to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me.
I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
While all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me.
When the sun came shining, and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
A voice was chanting, As the fog was lifting,
This land was made for you and me.
As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.
Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.
In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;
By the relief office, I'd seen my people.
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
Is this land made for you and me?
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.

Glynn Braman

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