So, for a while I've been thinking about when my son (2 yrs, 4 months old- as many of you well know by now), goes to kindergarten and the pledge of allegiance. In the U.S., for anyone who doesn't know, what happens is the children stand up like sheep every morning and put their right hand over their heart- which is a really scary- Nazi style or North Korean style stance, if you ask me... And repeat in unison, like drones... "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." And. I am NOT down with that. Yeah, I did it. Everyone did when I was in school. In high school there was one kid in my homeroom who refused to do it (actually I had stopped saying it too, but neways...) and I always looked up to him. It's all a part of the early, indoctrination of children so they become mindless, sheeple, obedient to this country- following what they are told.. not thinking for themselves. Believing the U.S. is greater than other countries and they are special for having being born here... believing they should go, possibly, die for this country. And it INFURIATES me. Kindergarten (age 5 or 6) is way too young to start this shit, which should be optional anyways... In any case, they don't actually HAVE to do it. They can just stand there. But I don't think a lot of people know that. I'm gonna have my son NOT do it... altho it sucks I have to explain to him why, at age 5, I'm having him stand out as different than his peers.. Any thoughts on this?