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Letter to the editor: Let's pledge allegiance to the whole United States

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 8:47 am

The video clip called “I Pledge,” by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, has had many negative responses.

The word propaganda is being thrown around. The bashing I saw come through on my Facebook page had me curious. After some careful research and weighing the words used in the video, the words “I Pledge” were taken out of context within the whole of the message. I believe “I Pledge” is about working together to make things better, even if you are not in complete agreement.

I ask you, is it wrong to back the president? Are we not to work together as a whole? Are we to be divided people because we only want to speak out but not make a step forward, even a little step forward, to make change for all? Together we can change this nation to make it better. What is it you can do as an individual?

“Uncle Sam Wants You,” a simple sign, is propaganda. The whole election process is propaganda. Advertisements are propaganda. When I see and hear these things, it is time to observe and evaluate and research. Instead of Kutcher, Moore and other artists telling you what is wrong with someone, they tell you what each will do (at least what they hope to do) as an individual to make a difference.

They tell you how a simple pledge is a way to back our president (to back we the people). They tell you a course of action makes a change and being involved instead of complaining makes a difference. It begins with our constructive voice and action, no matter how small it is. Honestly, even this letter is propaganda because I’m asking you to look beyond our personal bias, your dislike for the situation and or person(s) and seriously evaluate through observing what there is and what there isn’t placed before you.

Let me quote President Obama’s words used at the beginning of the video clip. “Let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in to work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.”

He is speaking on “working together” for the nation. His words are not much different from Kennedy’s words, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Granted, the politicians have squabbled, have relentlessly refused to work together unless his or her way is done (that goes for the president as well).

This message is for everyone working for the better good, not for your personal pocketbook, your personal little world. Each individual affects another every day. Let me say, “If I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America” is acceptable, why is it hard to pledge to back our president? If you pledge to the flag, an inanimate object, an object that is only a representation of a country, then you can pledge to an animated object that represents this country with a voice, which represents us all, elected by the majority. I pledge allegiance (not to the flag) to the United States of America, which means every individual in this nation.

Dawn Cunningham