The CSA didn't recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I'm talking about TODAY'S southerners and you haven't answered my questions.
I'm talking about today's "southerners" and I did answer your question all be it in-artfully. I'll try one more time. From Declaration of Independence-
...mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
So this country was founded in part on the principle that it is the right and duty of free individuals to throw off oppressive and/or abusive Governments.
So I ask again. When today's southerners pledged allegiance to the Republic for which the flag stands, why should they be considered hypocrites for also defending a right acknowledged and relied upon
at said Republic's founding?
What they are pledging allegiance to is the uniquely American form of government that protects their rights as free individuals from oppressive States. There is no contradiction therefor for them to so pledge and also to say that the southern states in the mid 19th century had the right to secede if they felt the form of government they were saddled with had become too oppressive. Whether it is wise or preferable or logical or 'right' for them to seceded is a separate question.
Also - the pledge says "one nation, under god, indivisible".. I'll leave the obvious question about atheists for another time and simply point out the definition of the word nation
1. a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own: The president spoke to the nation about the new tax.
2. the territory or country itself: the nations of Central America.
3. a member tribe of an American Indian confederation.
4. an aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages.
So you see that the Nation (i.e. the body of people) is separate from the State or Government.
And, according to the actual words of the pledge, it is the Nation that is indivisible, not the State.
This post was edited on 4/19 at 4:15 pm