What the Pledge of Allegiance Means

by February 14, 2010 02/14/10
United States of America Flag

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.

We’ve been repeating this pledge since grade school, but have you ever taken the time to analyze what each part truly means?

The Boy Scouts have, and below you’ll find their translation for each part of the Pledge.

I pledge allegiance… you promise to be loyal

to the Flag… to the symbol of your country

of the United States of America… a nation of 50 states and several territories, each with certain rights of its own

and to the Republic… a country where the people elect representatives from among themselves to make laws for everyone

for which it stands,… the flag represents the values of our form of government, in which everyone is equal under the law

one Nation under God,… a country formed under God whose people are free to believe as they wish

indivisible,… the nation cannot be split into parts

with liberty and justice… with freedom and a system of law

for all… for every person in the nation, regardless of their differences


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fj55ironpig
fj55ironpig

excellent.

many people do not understand.

many of which have have taken oaths of office and service.

DustinErnst
DustinErnst

i see and i understand the beaning of this but with my understanding of the government and the court system i think that currently this just wants people to support corruption and i think that is part of the reason that students are forced to say it every morning in school.  it really makes you think what is wrong with the country anymore.

DustinErnst
DustinErnst

i see and i understand the beaning of this but with my understanding of the government and the court system i think that currently this just wants people to support corruption and i think that is part of the reason that students are forced to say it every morning in school.  it really makes you think what is wrong with the country anymore.

Luke J. Murphy
Luke J. Murphy

It really brings a lot of perspective to read this and no-what it really stands, as to a lot of people who say it is secretly fascist. I mean come on USA is not a TOTALITARIAN-regime, just because its got flaws. Mind as well say Germany and Australia are fascist just because they got flaws too for example, every country does. As my mom said people say the United-States is a totalitarian regime just because it has problems don't even know the definition of "Totalitarian"

marcos rodriguez
marcos rodriguez

okay this was for a reasearch and i hope it will give an excellent grade because this was a long thing i had to do im glad i have freedom if i didnt i would be in sorrow for probably my entire life well i thank this wonderful site for giving me information see you later and goodbye i will be back for more infrmation

Sundevil98
Sundevil98

Thank God for the BSA. Maybe we should send them to D.C. so they can give the those lazy bas$%^ds a wake-up call on what this country is all about.

5Solas
5Solas

Some great comments and I look fondly to the Scout's translation (Eagle Scout here). Fuspar, I agree completely but I would say the same about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; these, along with the Pledge, are very solid in meaning and lacking in interpretation. What part of "shall not be infringed" is there to debate about, for example? You are absolutely right about the lack of a proper civil education and I to am educating all my children in their liberties and responsibilities as a citizen of the State and Nation.

fuspar
fuspar

I wonder if such a great and straightforward pledge with none (in my opinion) room for interpretation really needs to be broken down to be understood. Then again in society that is more interested in the latest winner of American idol and who else Tiger has slept with, I guess it's not surprising. I will be teaching the Pledge to my son as soon as he is able to repeat it!

The history of the pledge is also pretty interesting on its own:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bellamy

fuspar
fuspar

I wonder if such a great and straightforward pledge with none (in my opinion) room for interpretation really needs to be broken down to be understood. Then again in society that is more interested in the latest winner of American idol and who else Tiger has slept with, I guess it's not surprising. I will be teaching the Pledge to my son as soon as he is able to repeat it! The history of the pledge is also pretty interesting on its own: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bellamy

Keith
Keith

AMEN

its just a shame tho that "Boy Scouts" had to break it down. Maybe some of the mindless zombies in DC will WAKE UP.

Keith
Keith

AMEN its just a shame tho that "Boy Scouts" had to break it down. Maybe some of the mindless zombies in DC will WAKE UP.

Chief Instructor
Chief Instructor

A few years back I changed the words when I make the pledge. I exchanged "flag" for "Constitution".

tnegiet
tnegiet

You should add Red Skelton's famous commentary! This was from his TV show and is much better in the spoken word than the written word. The video is easy to find:

I - - Me; an individual; a committee of one.

Pledge - - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

Allegiance - - My love and my devotion.

To the Flag - - Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job.

United - - That means that we have all come together.

States - - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.

And to the Republic - - Republic--a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands

One Nation - - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided.

With Liberty - - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice - - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.

For All - - For All--which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?

tnegiet
tnegiet

You should add Red Skelton's famous commentary! This was from his TV show and is much better in the spoken word than the written word. The video is easy to find: I - - Me; an individual; a committee of one. Pledge - - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity. Allegiance - - My love and my devotion. To the Flag - - Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job. United - - That means that we have all come together. States - - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country. And to the Republic - - Republic--a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people. For which it stands One Nation - - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God. Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided. With Liberty - - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation. And Justice - - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others. For All - - For All--which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine. And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?

march7898
march7898

Its sad that It has come to that.........that it has to be explained, its not said enough these days so its good that it got some recognition as gilligan said....i applaud it as well as the boy scouts for their translation.

gilligan0211
gilligan0211

Well... that was in need of some recognition... I applaud it.

keyandria woods
keyandria woods

the pleg of elegetts is very speshle to me lol :) :) : ) :) :) :) :)

:p

keyandria woods
keyandria woods

the pleg of elegetts is very speshle to me lol :) :) : ) :) :) :) :) :p

lexi
lexi

i know right get it gilrly

amber
amber

some kids like me need it defined word by word

winter
winter

thank you for writing this i have to do a report on this topic .and this also means that i can say the pledge as it is even though i have a different religion

lexi
lexi

no!!!!!!!!! we dont so stfu

Grizberger
Grizberger

Winter do your research first. This is their opinion. Whole different meaning when first written and is different than it is now.

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