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I have just witnessed a horrible act: Two rabid wolves with red eyes, white spit foaming from their mouths, and blue balls hanging between their legs viciously attacked the voice of reason on the Fox News Channel. Without doubt, there are few topics out there that expose the ingrained intolerance of those that choose to think different, than religion. The current issue shining a light on this sad and hideous fact is the whole 'under god' debate happening right now. When President Eisenhaur put it to congress it was a defensive tactic, placed into the minds of most all American children in the public school system before they had even the slightest inkling of what they were declaring of themselves.
But this goes deeper than public schooling -- which normally wouldn't be saying much coming from me. Forcing kids (and right after they exit that magical stage i call toddlerhood at that) to declare their love and moralistic allegiance to a flag and a nation they couldn't possibly understand isn't that far removed from the concept of having the mentally inept fight all our wars. Or like forcing those who don't know what happens outside their immediate surroundings to buy into something you're not going to tell them about other than it's 'one nation, under god' and 'indivisible'. The motivation for such behavior is obvious: train them to love us before they know why they shouldn't.
So I say remove it! Destroy the pledge of allegiance completely. It was never meant to be a country's mindshaping tool, nor was god even a part of it until a communist-fearing president suggested it. It was written by a socialist for god/goddess' sake! How's that for irony?
But beyond this step, I believe children should be allowed the freedom from any and all political influence until they can recognise the job of a president, the way the world works, or at the very least tie their own shoes and remember their full addresses. When they can do any or all of these, maybe we should just give it to them straight. So then, submitted for your approval, I give you the new, non-filtered version of the American Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance, to the old white men,
who run and rip my country apart.
One nation, under nothing in particular
except money, greed and jealousy...
-That we may conquer the whole planet
so my children may suffer long after I die
and that the continual degeneration of my species may go on forever.
At least this way we won't be lying to our children anymore. Of course, even this version will be altered one day too, hopefully.
Until the wolves have eaten all they can, their stomachs distended and droopy with the remains of what was once logic, freedom of thought and expression, and pure unadulterated hope, we must endure this type of nonsense. Until the pack's mind slows and defogs itself from the school of rampant libero-totalitarianism, this will go on. Religion, like all corporations, has no rightful place in this or any government, ever. Look where we are today and tell me differently. Now close your eyes.