I do believe that a Pledge of Allegiance is an appropriate and positive exercise. However, when it is nothing more than reciting meaningless drivel about a piece of cloth, it is no pledge at all.
Proposal — The New Pledge
“I pledge allegiance to the Republic
of the United States of America,
and to the Constitution on which it stands.
With liberty and justice for all.”
Now THAT is a patriotic, accurate, and Constitutional pledge. We should pledge to that which really matters.
We should ritualize our loyalty in an accurate and constructive manner – to remember from where our country’s true strength lies.
We should not fetishize a piece of cloth.
Without the Constitution, that piece of cloth is worthless.
Update: I deleted “indivisible.” I see no sense in such a word being in the pledge. The nation should be divisible, if that comports with the self-determination desires of the people in any particular portion of the nation.