Government Employee’s Pledge of Allegiance
allegiance to the Citizens of these United States of America,
to serve and defend their inalienable Personal Rights, granted
by their Creator, which duties these individuals have Constitutionally
delegated to the Republic of these United States, and to acknowledge
that the Republic exists for the Citizen and not the Citizen for
all of the recent turmoil resulting from the 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals decision regarding the Pledge of Allegiance, I
have had occasion to contemplate the relationship between the State
and the citizen, and whether such a pledge is appropriate at all.
If, as I surmise from reading the Declaration of Independence and
other documents written by the Founding Fathers, the government
is merely an agent to protect the rights which the individual citizen
has by virtue of being Human, then why is it assumed that the citizen
is subject to the State, which requires this pledge of allegiance?
Haven’t we, over the years, turned things, as they should be, upon
its head? And doesn’t the pledge of allegiance imply that we are
subjects and not citizens after all?
bizarre (at least by today’s standard) outlook is not as uncommon
among my fellow government employees as one might imagine. We also
feel beleaguered by a bureaucracy gone mad. One of the books that
has been making the rounds at work lately is 1984
by George Orwell. We recognize ourselves in Winston Smith. We know
Big Brother personally. We recognize political correctness out of
control. We know right-think and right-speak firsthand. In fact,
we have to be "double-plus good duckspeakers." A duckspeaker,
by the way, is someone who can quack the party line well or someone
who speaks, but makes no sense at all, depending on the context.
The pledge of allegiance, I believe, is just another example of
right-think and good duckspeak. It is an attempt to make us forget
that the individual is superior to the aggregate masses and that
the government exits by the consent of the governed. It is an attempt
to rewrite the history of the founding of this country (as you will
recall rewriting history was Winston Smith’s job) and to make us
a citizen’s pledge of allegiance is inappropriate to our country’s
founding principles, then maybe a politician’s and government employee’s
pledge is appropriate. And if, when we make this pledge, we mean
the words we utter, then maybe we can all realize the appropriate
relationship between government and citizen.
Self [send him mail] works
as a civilian employee (chemist) of the Department of the Navy.
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