The United States: One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all

Sep 29, 2011, 6:44 PM |

The Pledge of Allegiance was written to commemorate the unique qualities that made the United States one of the greatest nations in the world. We are one nation, a nation formed in unity through the common visions and ideals of the Founding Fathers. We acknowledge the Christian heritage that served as a footstool to the birth of America. We are proud of the fact that we are indivisible; even through the Civil War, the Union stood firm. We are grateful for the liberties that not everyone can enjoy, including the freedoms of speech, press, and religion. We are assured of justice by the availability of courts of law. Sadly, although the Pledge of Allegiance is a part of daily life, many have let these virtues fade away instead of employing them to make America stronger. I believe this is especially true of the way candidates run for a government position.

With the upcoming presidential election, the people of America are looking for a leader who they can trust to resolve challenges like our national debt. However, there are several issues with the presidential races. For example, speeches given by the candidates usually contain statements that slander the opposing political party. By demeaning the opponent, they hope to elevate themselves. Voters must also keep in mind that voting for a candidate simply because he has the most money to advertise his campaign is not just. The candidate with the slickest advertisements does not necessarily have the strongest integrity. Finally, when a popular candidate loses, his supporters may be resentful of the elected and refuse to respect the new president. These problems are serious impediments to remaining a unified nation.

All of these concerns line up with the virtues stated in the Pledge of Allegiance. The candidate who does not abuse our freedom of speech shows he respects others. Through that respect, he also demonstrates that he believes that we should become “one” nation. Instead of dividing America into Republicans and Democrats, the president we need is the one who can help the separate parties to work together, not against each other. Justice can be shown by using means common to all to promote the candidate’s campaign, not expensive advertisements. Likewise, because we have the freedom to vote for our leaders, we should give our votes to the candidate whose values we agree with instead of looking only at the outside. Lastly and most importantly, as the Christian nation we are, we must pray for our leaders. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul writes, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made…for kings and all those in authority...” Perhaps you did not vote for the candidate elected, but as your president, you owe him your respect.

The Pledge of Allegiance is recited every day to open schools, meetings, and even sessions of Congress. However, many have let the virtues stated be forgotten. Without employing them, we hinder ourselves from becoming a stronger nation. With the Pledge of Allegiance as the standard for our presidential candidates, we will be better able to find a leader to unite America and make us truly the greatest nation in the world.