Friday, February 22, 2008

Liberty and Justice for ALL!

I was reading this and ran across this line: "remember: Liberty and justice for ALL."

That made me stop and think. Liberty and Justice for All. That's not "almost all," "all but the ones we don't like," "us," or "just some of you." For All. For everyone, regardless of race, religion, sex/gender/orientation. Everyone.

Now, this "liberty and justice for all" sounded familiar to me, like I'd heard it before.

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.

Now, as I recall, the fundies were having conniptions because Michael Newdow, IIRC, wanted the "under God" part stricken. According to them, every word of the pledge had to be there. If "under God" has to be there, so does "justice and liberty for all." If "under God" is supposed to have real meaning, so does "liberty and justice for all."

And who was dead-set that "under God" had to remain? The fundies. And who is just as dead-set that "liberty and justice for all" doesn't actually mean all, but some? The fundies. And who shows themselves to be a bunch of hypocritical bastards by way of this? The fundies.


Anonymous said...

Point of trivia, the "under God" was actually added to the pledge (officially) on Flag day, June 14, 1954 by Eisenhower signing the Oakman-Ferguson resolution. That phrase was not in the pledge from 1892 until adopted by the Knights of Columbus in 1951.

csf said...

So, Pledge-Lite vs. Pledge-Classic? Hmmm, not quite right. Have to think about it.

Still not sure why they think they need to have kids, too young to be capable of critical thought (of course, in some cases, that means "in their sixties") pledge un-thought-out obedience to a flag and, through that, a nation.

I much prefer this:

"My nation, to defend when wronged, to correct when wrong.

Call me an egotistical S.O.B. (wouldn't be the first time), but isn't this more mature?