With Liberty and Justice For All

With Independence Day coming up, the pet peeve I want to discuss today is one that involves patriotism.  One thing that bugs me is how the appropriate protocol for how to behave during the Pledge of Allegiance or when the National Anthem is played is no longer taught in school.  A lot of my children’s friends, all young adults, don’t even know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance or the title of the National Anthem, much less what is expected of them when these things are broadcast.

There are so many other nations that would jail a person or worse for failing to display proper patriotism.  Some countries even censor or restrict their citizens’ use of the internet.  I used to know a German woman who was a girl during the holocaust.  She said her family had to close their windows and whisper when they spoke because German soldiers patrolled the sidewalks and listened in.  Her older brother was eventually taken when he was only a teenager because he was heard speaking out against Hitler.  She never saw him again!

But perhaps I’m fighting a losing battle.  If my government took patriotism out of schools so as not to offend some of its own citizens, then who am I to complain?  Perhaps THAT is my actual pet peeve!  Perhaps I show more loyalty to a government than it shows to itself.

Talk to me about patriotism:  Do you know how to properly dispose of an American flag?  Do you know the appropriate protocol for the Pledge of Allegiance?   Do you know what you are expected to do when the National Anthem is played?  Do you know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance and the title of the National Anthem?