Growing up, I distinctly recall standing up every morning in school, placing my hand over my heart and blindly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. But no one ever taught me what it meant — at least not in any meaningful way that went further than the propagandists’ standard argument that it was somehow patriotic.
Fast forward to today when I no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Does that mean I’m unpatriotic? Does that mean I should pack up and move to Somalia? Am I a traitor? I would argue the answer to all of those questions is a confident “no.” And yet each of those questions represents an insult I’ve weathered because of this position. So how did it come to be that patriotism became universally equated with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance?
Today I’m joined by the Dissident Mama, who has recently penned a fantastic article explaining the history and context behind this misunderstood verse. So tune in, folks. I promise you’ll learn something.
About the Guest
The Dissident Mama is a blogger who describes herself as “a chick in rebellion to the status quo.” She doesn’t want to be a rabble rouser. And yet everything she does, believes, and says is in direct opposition to either the PC gestapo or the idol of statism.