There is the very familiar first phrase: “I pledge allegiance.” That means: I promise to be loyal. Let us say we have a friend who wants to cheat somebody, or who gets drunk and wants to take his car on the highway anyhow.
There is the very familiar first phrase: “I pledge allegiance.” That means: I promise to be loyal. Let us say we have a friend who wants to cheat somebody, or who gets drunk and wants to take his car on the highway anyhow.For us to be loyal to this friend would be for us to —not agree.
Latinos are some of the most diverse people in the U. And there’s no one narrative that can encapsulate the Latino experience.
So we want to hear your stories about what it means to be Latino.
And in the field of American history—it is now felt that the people who disobeyed the Fugitive Slave Law were the truly loyal Americans.
It was the law in, let us say, 1855, to inform on a slave attempting to escape to Canada, and have him returned to his Southern master.
And so I am going to comment on a statement which has been felt to stand for American patriotism: the Pledge of Allegiance, recited in the classrooms of the land and at other gatherings of Americans.
I am not discussing the controversies around the Pledge, though they are important: There is the question of whether it should indeed be a school fixture, with every child compelled to proclaim his or her loyalty each day.In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are publishing a collection of your stories. I have written on it recently and continue to, because Aesthetic Realism explains that love for country is a matter of ethics and aesthetics—in keeping with this Aesthetic Realism principle: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.” The great 1968 lecture we are serializing has that principle at its basis.If our pledging allegiance doesn’t include our wanting to make sure everything in America is in keeping with its being a real Republic, we should know that we are hypocrites and liars as we pledge.The author of the Pledge of Allegiance was Francis Bellamy. He worked for the popular magazine which was a sponsor, in 1892, of a celebration by the American public schools.Otherwise it becomes an ego caress, or a contemptuous routine—with contempt for the statement itself, for America, and for the world.The next phrase is “to the flag of the United States of America.” We have that important thing in mind and art: a symbol.Obviously, the flag as cloth, color, pattern, is not what one should be faithful to. What it stands for is in the next phrase: “and to the Republic for which it stands.” The flag, then, stands for a republic, which means—from the Latin the difference between a republic and, for instance, a monarchy, is a terrific matter in history.If we look at what the Pledge says, we see that allegiance to America involves the meaning of a republic: we are pledging allegiance to a the people.All this concerns the Pledge of Allegiance and America now.If the Pledge is to be said, the people saying it, of whatever age, should be encouraged to look deeply and exactly at the meaning of every word.