A Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America

United — it’s a funny word, isn’t it?
Joined together for a common purpose or by common feelings
Our similarities are so obvious yes?
They’re the things we see at a glance
Skin and bones, prayers and penances
These are the things that make us our best

And to the republic
For which it stands

We stand for a republic
A state whose power is held by the people
That’s all we are — people — every one of us
Gay or straight
Liberal or conservative
Atheist or religious

But you’re not here to stand for a person
You are but one of a larger people
Linking our arms together as we protect
All humans, who by definition, were created equal
And if we leave one man or woman behind
Raising them up powers our republic

One nation, indivisible
With liberty and justice for all

Our hearts sing for compassion
Our hearts sing for equality
Our hearts sing for acceptance
Of our pledge’s final refrain

Our hearts sing for unity
Our hearts sing for altruism
Our hearts sing for freedom
With liberty and justice for all

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