Do you remember back in grade school when we started our day with the Pledge of Allegiance? With right hand over heart, we recited this pledge every day while admiring our Flag. I remember feeling very proud but not sure I truly understood what I was actually pledging OR, that someday it might take something more than words to fulfill the pledge–it might require action.
My son said the same pledge when he was in school and my nieces still say it today.
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.
So, what did that actually mean? And, more importantly, did we really mean it?
Pledge: to promise solemnly.¹
Allegiance: devotion or loyalty to a person, group or cause.²
Republic: a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.³
Indivisible: not divisible; not separable into parts; incapable of being divided.⁴
Liberty: freedom from arbitrary or despotic control. Power of Choice.⁵
Justice: the administration of law, especially the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity.⁶
All: Everybody, Everything.⁷
Most of us have probably rarely considered the possibility of losing the liberties we’ve been so fortunate to have in the United States of America.
If we truly pledge this allegiance (promise to be loyal to the cause), we need to be highly aware of decisions and events happening in our own country and around the world so as to prevent the slow encroachment and violation of our human rights and liberties.
We can begin by knowing our 30 Universal Human Rights and make sure others know them as well.
Freedom is not free. It comes with responsibility. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 21, Section 3 states: The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government. Our responsibility does not end with a vote. Another action you can take is to continuously use your voice effectively with your Congress people.
Know Your 30 Human Rights. Live the Pledge. The power is in you!
Post By: Ellen Firestone