It's time to update Pledge of Allegiance

newsroom@islandpacket.comFebruary 26, 2014 

I was at a Tea Party meeting the other day and it opened with the Pledge of Allegiance: "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."

Feb. 19, 2014, was the five-year anniversary of the Tea Party's beginning. I began to think about everything that has happened during the past five years and why the Tea Party got started. We now have nationalized health care, nationalized school curriculum, NSA spying, journalists arrested, IRS intimidation, a Benghazi-what-does-it-matter attitude, unfettered printing of money, massive debt, through-the-roof unemployment, never-ending regulations, complete disregard for the Constitution and an ineffective Congress. Oh, and let's not forget President Obama saying, "I have a pen and a phone!"

Maybe we need to revise our pledge. I suggest "I pledge allegiance to the flag that used to represent the America that I remember and to the republic for which it used to stand, one nation without nationalized health care, nationalized school curriculum, NSA spying, journalists arrested, IRS intimidation, a Benghazi-what-does-it-matter attitude, unfettered printing of money, massive debt, through-the-roof unemployment, never-ending regulations, complete disregard for the Constitution and an ineffective Congress. Under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all those who can still find it. Oh, and let's not forget, I have a pen and a phone."

Bert Walker

Bluffton

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