mugen shiyo, I agree with your original post.
I’m a natural born citizen of the U.S. and I had to say the Pledge of Allegiance for 12 years.
And as you were saying, after all that, I made my own decision on what ideal means.
I can come up with a list of things I find arbitrary about our foreign and domestic affairs.
But I choose not to. I don’t want to start controversy either.
It was once said on our radio, “You’re either with us or you’re with the terrorist.”
A viewer stated, “Don’t invade Iraq.”
His response was, “You’re a Terrorist.”
It was Mike Ghallagher to be specific. 2002ish.
No, his voice was not the law of the land. But it sounded like it.
It wasn’t my voice.
I don’t pledge to such things.