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    army wifeOct 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Okay I understand that we all have rights to freedom of speech but some things are just not okay to say. My husband is in the US army and he busts his butt every day of his life to give you, me, and everyone else in America safety and freedom. He puts his life on the line so you and I don’t have to. He is a proud american soldier. The plege of allegiance is said to remind us that we are a united country and we stand by and repersent out flag. Immigrants are grateful to be called Americans, just ask my husbands parents. They are from Laos. My husband was raised here and he was educated here he graduated college from here and now he is in the army here. My brother is also in the amry. He’s been deployed 3 times. He would die for you and this country and you can’t even be grateful enough to say a speech for 30 seconds as does the rest of our country? I think that is not only disrespectful but also unamerican. Men AND women of all different backgrounds and religion fight for this country and by choice. They do this so you can go to bed evey night and not have to do what they do. You sleep in your bed while they stay awake for days. You write on your schools online newspaper while they get to use the internet once every few weeks to months to let there families know they are still alive. People like you take advantage of small american duties and never stop for once and think about my husbands duties or my brothers or the rest of the US militaries. You just think about yourself and how you can let everyone know what your rights are about how to abuse them. People like you have rights in this country to freedom of speech and so do I and I would like to express my opinion to you and say if you do not think you should say the plege please leave because if you can’t honor the country you live in in the smallest way you shouldn’t be here because you obviously don’t care about our flag in which it stands.
    – an american amry wife who also has rights.

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    Melody (Johnson) SoderbergOct 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    As a former USGA e-board member, for two years, I fully supported the American flag at the front of the room at every single meeting, and feel that the pledge of allegiance is just an extension of that.

    To pledge allegiance to the flag and all it stands for is certainly a choice. However, if you have reservations about pledging at the beginning of a meeting, I ask you to step back away from all the negative and embrace all the positive for which the American flag stands (there is so much more positive than the few negative issues to which you may be hanging onto).

    If you are wrapping politics and government issues with the American flag, recognize the flag isn’t democratic or republican, it isn’t liberal or conservative, it is the symbol that reminds us all that we still believe in a country of freedom – the choice to believe what we want to believe.

    It might be easier to lose sight of this during an election year, when the issues we disagree with are constantly thrown in our faces.

    To remind me of the positive power of this symbol, I look back to September 11, 2001 (remove the issues – and just think about the event); how we used our flag to bring us together in a time of chaos. This is a flag worthy of a once-a-week pledge of allegiance.

    It is your choice to pledge at USGA meeting, however it isn’t anyone’s choice if it is not included as part of the agenda. If you respectfully stand, and not recite, no one can judge you for that.

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    Louis EswoodOct 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    As a former USGA president, for two years, I can assure you that the American flag was in every single meeting. I made a point to include it because I love my country and we should always honor our fallen heroes.

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    James CassidyOct 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    As a former Marine I hold the constitution and ALL the amendments near and dear to my heart.
    I hold them so dear I fought for my country to defend your right to say stupid things.
    Next time you see a veteran thank him/her for putting themselves in harms way to protect your right to be an Idiot.
    You also have the right to leave this great country that I and millions of Americans pledge our allegiance to.
    Have a nice life and think twice about reproducing.

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    DanOct 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Yes, let’s not do anything anymore because someone might get offended. It doesn’t sound like anybody is forcing you to pledge allegiance to anything.
    Everyone knows that there isn’t perfect “liberty and justice for all” in this country. That being said, you playing the victim and talking about how you are oppressed is almost laughable. You attend a private university that costs upwards of $40,000 per year, possibly with some assistance from the oppressive government you seem to hate. Let me put this into perspective for you: recently, a girl was shot in the head in Pakistan for wanting women to be able to get an education. THAT is oppression.
    No, it’s not perfect. Yes, there are still people having civil rights denied to them. No, that is not okay. However, I wouldn’t go around comparing America to Nazi Germany and calling it only a “slight” exaggeration. Careful, you might offend someone and maybe they’ll write an article about it!

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