I want to change the Pledge of Allegiance.
The one we have been reciting from kindergarten on for over fifty years does not represent the values we as citizens of our nation should live by. First, here is, line by line, what is specifically wrong with the current pledge:
I pledge allegiance
The dictionary defines pledge as a "solemn promise." Usually there are consequences to breaking promises. But what are we pledging are allegiance to?
To the flag
We promise to be loyal to a flag? This makes no sense. We need loyalty to something more substantive than a piece of cloth.
Of the United States of America
Should we be loyal to those who wave the flag of our nation on the one hand and commit acts of treason on the other? The perpetrators of the crimes of 9/11 did not burn the flag; they wore and continue to wear it on their coats.