And to the Republic Which It Created;
One Nation, Under God,
Divisible If Need Be,
With Liberty And Justice For All
That's how Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, would have phrased it if he hadn't been a socialist but a true patriot. It would have served our school children and public officials every day far better by reminding them what their true allegiance must go to. Substance over symbol!
The way things stand, a public official's oath of office is a one-time shot in the dark, as soon forgotten (to most) as it is made. If every public occasion started out with this pledge instead of the one to the flag, we may live in a better, freer country today.