The national media is embroiled with the current administration about what, if any, punishment should be meted out to professional athletes who bend a knee or lock arms during the singing of our national anthem.

I remember the pledge that grade-schoolers have recited for many years. As children, we didn’t really think about what the pledge meant. For those of you who have forgotten the Pledge of Allegiance, or were never asked to recite it, here it is:

"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."

Notice the pledge begins with the work “I” which suggests an obligation on our part. Note also the words “indivisible,” “liberty,” and “justice” that represent what we think the republic represents. Especially note the words “for all.”

There is a wide gap between what the pledge professes and the reality existing in our society.

Perhaps we should abolish the pledge because we certainly aren’t living up to its ideals. Then again, each of us might wish to play a small role in making the pledge a reality.

Dan Prosser, Normal

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