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.
A Kirkland City Councilmember recently raised the question, "why doesn't the council start each meeting with the pledge of allegiance?" It seems that most of our neighboring cities' councils stand for the pledge prior to each council meeting, yet Kirkland does not. Should it?
There are many differing views on the pledge of allegiance as it has engendered much controversy.
As the spouse of a soon-to-be newly-minted United States citizen, I find the pledge of allegiance, and the controversy surrounding the subject, of particular interest. The pledge of allegiance is more than just words. To some its words represent a solemn vow to protect and defend our country. To others, the pledge is dismissed as jingoistic, or because it contains the words under God.
Next week, my lovely wife will take her citizenship test to become an American citizen. Since Mrs. Butcher was born in Great Britain, for her to become a citizen of the United States she must first pledge her allegiance to this country.
Is allegiance to our country too much to ask?
Our children stand for the pledge in school. Our congress stands for the pledge before each session.
Should the Kirkland City Council start its meetings in the same way? What say you?