Daily Prompt: To pledge allegiance and mean it

I promise to love my country and no one has to force me to do it. I will love the United States regardless, but like a child, I won’t always approve of her behavior.

Flag on our Library

One of the things I love best about this nation is exactly that we are allowed to say we don’t care for what she is doing, what her leaders are doing. There’s no Hell to pay for it. No one comes in the middle of the night to arrest me for saying — or publishing — what I think. You can disagree with me. The government can disagree with me. Everyone can send me strongly worded messages opposing whatever it is they find objectionable in what I say, do or publish … but that’s as far as it goes. At least so far.


We may not be nice to one another, but we don’t have concentration camps — not anymore — and we’ve managed to make some progress towards equality in the past 60 years. Okay, we aren’t there yet, but at least we seem to be trying to go in the right direction.

Not Flags of War

Even when historically, we derail for a while, we equally historically find our way back to the good path, though it may take more time than we like. Ours may not be the best form of government on earth … but if it isn’t, please show me the better one? Because I haven’t found it. And I have looked. However imperfectly this government functions, there is none better. Maybe there are a few just as good — arguably, anyhow — but not superior.


Does that make me a patriot? I think it does. I think the Constitution is a brilliant, if flawed, document that has shown itself to be flexible enough to grow with the changes in the world. If only mens’ minds were equally flexible.

Ghoul Soldier

I believe we are strong enough to survive hard times, bad presidents, well-intentioned but wrong presidents, bad legislation, bad legislators, scandal, corruption and stupid wars. And still be a good people. If that isn’t patriotism, then I don’t know what is. I am not always proud of this country, but I always love it.

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17 replies

  1. AMEN! Ditto on all accounts :LOL:


  2. Your first sentence is the best – right on!!


  3. You did post in your email.


  4. I feel the same way about the UK – I’m proud to be British even though we’ve done some pretty awful things throughout history (particularly empire-building-wise) and I also have the freedom here to say “our government’s definitely made the wrong decision on this one” without fear of arrest or “disappearance”.

    You’re certainly getting a lot of mileage out of that zombie/ghoul photo 🙂


    • That IS freedom. Imperfect, but consider the alternatives. We’re a younger country. We’ve got a way to go. Sadly, ALL countries do some dreadful things then hope no one notices.

      On Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM, SERENDIPITY



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