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What the Pledge of Allegiance Means

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

    • 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

  • 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.

    • amber

      some kids like me need it defined word by word

    • no!!!!!!!!! we dont so stfu

    • i know right get it gilrly

  • 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?

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

  • Keith

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

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ed Harris

    Here is the Red Skelton version, which is very good.


  • 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

  • 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”

  • 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.ย  it really makes you think what is wrong with the country anymore.

  • fj55ironpig

    many people do not understand.
    many of which have have taken oaths of office and service.

  • Grizberger

    The original version had nothing to do with god and it was written by a socialist. Check your complete history before to 50s.

  • confused and disturbed

    i dont want to pledge allegiance anymore. i dont want to swear my loyalty to a country which doesnt protect me. “for liberty and justice for all”, you say? it’s really convientient how this works if you’re not transgender, gay, or black. basically, if youre anything other than “normal”.
    im afriad to live in this world. im afriad to be myself, which is what everybody says to do nowadays. im afriad to love other boys, im afriad to love at all, im afraid to talk and speak up.

    im afraid to live.

    i wont pledge allegiance to the flag that wont protect me. i wont pledge allegiance to the country that hates my existence. i wont pledge allegiance to lie to others, to lie to myself. i wont pledge allegiance to a flag that lies.

    im not even sure if im sorry. is it wrong to feel this way?

    do i deserve to live?

    • Jerry

      So why don’t you leave this country that gives you the right to say what you want without being thrown in jail. Go to Mexico it is real close and see which country you like better. Or go to the Middle East and see how you get by. That is IF you survive sheria law.

    • Bobthebewildered

      Now that’s a load if crap! You try saying you would even be happy to see someone such as a president killed or that you might like to see or do harm to him and see if your first amend stands long. And with laws they have an continue to make you actually can’t claim to hate queers! So saying what you say is a slippery slope aka bull sh%#.

    • Pjsjs

      I find it disturbing you have to ask whether or not it’s OK to feel a certain way everyone is entitled to their own feelings it’s OK to feel anyway tell you act on them that could be the problem. Therefore feel no guilt you do deserve to live I am grateful to live in United States and for The freedoms we have however my allegiance is to God so as I do obey our country’s laws if they were to violate any of God’s rules stated in the Bible I would choose God therefore I do not say the pledge for that reason no diss respect at all intended.

    • Lee G

      what a drama queen!

  • Grizberger

    Look at the original pledge and study the person who wrote it to understand it and how he meant it to be.

  • art of ghost

    The true sad thing is that, while we all learned it in grade school and have been saying it our whole lives, not many people live it. I am a veteran. I have shed blood and loss comrades for this country. The people that should truly uphold this pledge are the ones that dont in my opinion, ie., the police, the elected officials, and people that want rights and liberties for themselves but not “certain” other groups that are not like them, but yet are still American.

  • Luv Sux

    Hahaha! that’s bullshit! If you believe this nation is founded on those words I got a bridge to sell ya! It was founded by criminals by spilling the blood of indigenous peoples and WE ARE NOT TREATED EQUALLY.

    • Lee G

      Fucking spare me your liberal bleeding bullshit! If it weren’t for those criminals your life would even suck worst, even though your probably already a sorry sack of shit and flipping burgers.

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