The Pledge of Allegiance

The state of Indiana has mandated that school children say the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a thirty second period of silence. Since this is new, the high school kids are resistant. Nevertheless, we persist.

I was sharing with one of my friends who substitutes that I had a boy who would not stand for the Pledge or recite it this morning, but she actually had a better story. In one of her classes, a boy refused to say the Pledge because his dad was a Democrat and the Pledge is for Republicans. My friend was puzzled. Then she got it and recited the Pledge for the boy:

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.

"See" she said to the boy. "It says Republic, not Republican. Everyone can say the Pledge. It doesn't matter what political party you belong to."

"Oh," said the boy. The next morning, he said the Pledge.

I wonder what he told his dad.

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