One Nation under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all…
The pledge of allegiance has its roots in our Constitution. It is our Constitution that we support and defend. The flag represents our nation.
Our nation is based on the Constitution. Without the Constitution we have no nation. Without our nation the enemies of the world would destroy the ideals of our Constitution.
Freedom is not in the interest of the warlords. Freedom was not in the interest of England when we declared our independence…
We all know the pledge of allegiance. As children most of us recited it every morning in school. Back then we knew we were Americans.
Our allegiance to our country was implied, assumed and reinforced every day. No one ever questioned who we were, we were all Americans! It did not matter if we went to church or if we had to wash the car on Sunday.
It did not matter what heritage our family came from. We were all Americans! The last thing we had to worry about was an enemy thousands of miles away.
Our parents did not have to warn us about our enemies because if we were not with our parents, friends or other families we were safe and secure inside the walls of our home, school or church. Our parents never had to teach us about the tools of war. We were already learning some of those tools on our own in school…
No one had a smartphone, the internet did not exist and if you started tweeting in class you were sent to the principal’s office for making strange noises. When your teacher approached with the ruler you knew you were done for and the wary silence from your classmates told the story of your shame. 😉
Yes, I am guilty of that. We didn’t think much about our enemies. We didn’t have to because our parents (for those who had two) read the newspaper, or took in the morning or evening news.
That was their job. It was our parents’ job to keep us safe. They rarely talked politics and we were shielded from those serious private conversations reserved for the adults. For us, our job was to get our homework and chores done so we could go outside and play with the neighbors. After all, who else would we play with?
When we reached High school we learned World History and United States History and somewhere in those classes our teachers hopefully took time to inform us about propaganda. Propaganda, a tool of war, we would learn was used by all sides to change the hearts and minds of the enemy. It was a weapon used against us, and it was a weapon we used against our enemies. As we got older we came to realize that the name calling and school yard pranks we did to one another was nothing more than propaganda for kids. We would learn, that you can defeat your enemy and never touch them.
Another word for propaganda is lie.
A simple three letter word that some have said literally separates us from God. If you ascribe to what the Bible says you know our troubles all started with one lie. Lies are evil and harmful and even little white lies can hurt someone.
Propaganda is just a big fancy word for lie. In and of itself the word propaganda is a lie because the word describes a lie as something more complex and crafty, even witty. Propaganda can be crafty and complex, but it is still just a lie. Sorry if I went too deep on that one, but the point is, a lie is a lie regardless of what we call it.
Those enemies we learned about in school were safely thousands of miles away. Depending on your age, there was no way the Soviets, the North Koreans, the Vietcong, or the Nazis could get to us.
Our old enemy England, from which we won our independence, could not get to us either. We were free to be children and our parents knew that the two great oceans protected our country from invasion. The oceans that separate us from our enemies also protected us from their ideas.
Sure, some of us were required to read Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, but it was carefully framed around the history and evil of Hitler’s rule. We knew going in because our teachers made sure we were prepared to extract the proper information without being sucked into the mind-warping and harmful ideas presented by Hitler.
Information was filtered by American journalists from abroad who ascribed to the idea that truth was paramount. Editors understood the importance of the American ideals that made our country the safest place on earth to live.
In those days our parents conspired to keep our country free from radical and dangerous ideas. Radical ideas like socialism and dangerous ideas like those preached by Mohamed. Journalists had integrity and our parents voted with their money. We were safe from those radical and dangerous ideas because the enemy could never get to us.
Today those oceans have cables that stretch from continent to continent. Across those cables lives the internet. With the internet our children do not enjoy the benefit and protection of thousands of miles of ocean. They do not enjoy the censorship of adults who are able to filter through those ideas and report on them in the proper context.
Our enemies can reach our children in seconds.
Our enemies can take our young impressionable children and turn them against everything our forefathers stood for. I argue all the time that our enemies have already started, they started it in the 60s and 70s with the Beetles, Elvis and free Love.
The natural barriers that once protected our children, the oceans and mountains no longer matter. With airplanes and internet, radical and dangerous ideas are free to move unfiltered. Nature no longer protects us. The next time you read something, online, remember the enemy is just one click away. The next time you pay your phone bill, remember the enemy is just one click away from your children and that phone you pay for…
Today the enemy is not as far away. Today we must teach our children the values that are American, because if we don’t our enemies will…
They will conquer us with their words, they will destroy our nation and never fire a single shot!
Look around, seriously, look around and try to convince yourself the enemy is not waging a war against us. A war of ideas that has us divided against one another when we should be united against the world!