Big stinking deal. With, or without "under God" in it, the Pledge is STILL a lie. And no one is going to suggest changing the words I'd like to see dropped from the pledge. Those words are "liberty and justice for all." "Why?" you ask. Simple. There is NO "liberty and justice for all" in this country. There never has been!!
To prove it, you will see the Pledge of Allegiance as originally written by Francis Bellamy, in 1892.
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
In 1954, the Knights of Columbus campaigned successfully to have Congress add the words, "under God," to the pledge.
So now the current pledge reads as follows:
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 now you're going to ask, "How is that a lie?" Read it again. There's that key phrase in there that makes it a lie. That phrase is "liberty and justice for all." I can think of a number of places where that turned out to be a lie. Ruby Ridge is one example. Waco is another.
I don't agree with the politics of the victims of either of those places, but it is my belief that they had the RIGHT to justice. At Ruby Ridge, the FBI suspended their normal Rules of Engagement, which lead to the death of a wife and mother WHILE she was holding her baby! And Waco?? I don't even want to go into that. That entire situation stinks from the moment the ATF first tried to serve their warrant.
And next, the IRS. Can you call it justice that the IRS can seize your property, real estate, bank accounts, paycheck, and all without taking you to court. Without DUE PROCESS!! And this is justice??
The 5th amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America."Nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." That's what the 5th amendment says. Yet, in direct violation of this, if you don't pay your taxes, that's exactly what the IRS does. Oh, they send you a warning. You have 30 days in which to pay up, or they take your car, your house, your business, your savings, basically, they take your property AND they take your life, in a manner of speaking. Because once the IRS gets through, what have you got left?? NOTHING!! You might just as well be dead. Fiscally, you are dead. And generally speaking, you get treated better by local police if you're suspected of killing someone, compared to the way the IRS treats you if you fail to pay your income tax!
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous, crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service, in time of war, or public danger; nor shall any person be subject, for the same offence, to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled, in any criminal case, to be a witness against himself; nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
I don't know about you, but for me this adds up to one more big, fat, government lie. There is no "justice for All" in this country. You only get justice if you have money, and lots of it. With money you can buy your way out of almost anything. Without it, well, better make sure you pay your income tax with what little money you have. Otherwise you could be the next Ruby Ridge, or Waco on TV.
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or comments.
Created: April 24, 1998
Last modified: October 8, 2005
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