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Allegiance - can someone tell me where that word has gone?



INTRODUCTION:


Greetings to all. We are all entering the summer months. I hope everyone has an enjoyable summer. I wanted to talk about Allegiance this week. I always say my posts are based on facts, not bias. However, I reserve the right to have my opinion. Therefore, before I begin, I want to state my opinion. I have never been, nor will I ever be, a proponent of antisemitism or those who burn our flag or make hate comments about our country. We all see the news. The number of college protests and protests in the streets where people scream "Death To America." To me, the concept is simple. If you hate America so much. go back where you came from, or get the hell out of Dodge. You will not be missed. I believe in freedom of speech and expression. However, it has some boundaries. It should not be hateful, racist, antisemitic, or in any other way harmful or infringe on the rights of others. Society is changing that. That, my friends, is a dangerous thing. It changes the basic concepts that we stand for as a country. Furthermore, it causes much political controversy since politicians are always concerned about who and where the votes they receive will come from.


Allegiance is a deeply ingrained concept that has been part of human society for centuries. As far back as the Roman empire and before, kings of every nation expected Allegiance from their followers and citizens. So much so that those who did not display this Allegiance were either killed or banished. Allegiance is a foundational principle that shapes relationships, decision-making, and societal structures. From ancient civilizations to modern nations, Allegiance is a bond that ties individuals to a group, cause, or authority with unwavering loyalty and devotion. This intricate web of Allegiance is often multifaceted, extending beyond mere loyalties to encompass feelings of duty, honor, and commitment.


In the realm of politics, Allegiance plays a crucial role in shaping the dynamics of power and government. Citizens pledge their Allegiance to a governing body, symbolized through anthems, flags, and loyalty oaths. This bond between the governed and the governing reflects mutual trust and understanding, forming the bedrock of society.


Moreover, Allegiance can also be seen in the realms of religion, family, and community. People swear Allegiance to their faith, devote themselves to their families and remain committed to the betterment of society as a whole. This sense of Allegiance fosters unity, cooperation, and a shared sense of purpose among individuals, providing strength in times of adversity and hardship.


However, the notion of Allegiance is not without its complexities and challenges. Conflicting allegiances can arise when individuals are torn between loyalty to different groups or causes, leading to moral dilemmas and internal strife. Moreover, blind Allegiance, without critical thinking and ethical considerations, can lead to having a tendency to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true, without consideration of evidence or the opinions of others (dogmatism), oppression, and injustice.


HISTORY:


Allegiance, the loyalty and commitment shown towards a group, country, or cause, has played a significant role throughout history. The concept of Allegiance has evolved over time, shaping the course of politics, wars, and societal norms. From ancient civilizations to modern nation-states, the idea of Allegiance has been a core element in defining collective identity and unity.





The concept of Allegiance dates back to ancient civilizations, where loyalty to the ruler or the state was considered a vital duty. In Mesopotamia, rulers demanded Allegiance from their subjects in exchange for protection and security. The Code of Hammurabi, one of the earliest recorded legal codes, outlined the obligations of subjects towards their king, emphasizing the importance of loyalty and obedience.


In ancient Rome, the concept of Allegiance was central to the functioning of the republic and, later, the empire. Citizens were expected to show loyalty to the state through military service, taxation, and adherence to the laws. The Roman concept of "fides" encompassed loyalty, trust, and faithfulness, forming the basis of Allegiance in Roman society.


The feudal system of medieval Europe further solidified the importance of Allegiance in society. Vassals swore oaths of fealty to their lords, pledging loyalty and military service in exchange for protection and land. The feudal hierarchy was based on a network of allegiances, with loyalty flowing upwards from vassals to lords and ultimately to the king.


During the medieval period, Allegiance was closely tied to chivalry and honor. Knights swore oaths of Allegiance to their liege lords, promising to uphold the virtues of loyalty, courage, and righteousness. The medieval code of chivalry emphasized the importance of loyalty and fidelity, shaping the behavior and values of the nobility.


The rise of nation-states in the early modern period transformed the nature of Allegiance. With the centralization of power and the emergence of strong monarchies, loyalty shifted from feudal lords to the state. The concept of citizenship and Allegiance to the nation-state became increasingly important as rulers sought to create a sense of unity and identity among their subjects. The Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 marked a turning point in the development of Allegiance, as it established the principle of state sovereignty and the rights of rulers to demand Allegiance from their subjects. The concept of national Allegiance became enshrined in law, with citizens expected to show loyalty to their respective states through military service, taxation, and obedience to the laws.


Allegiance is crucial in defining national identity and citizenship in the modern era. The rise of nationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries further emphasized the importance of loyalty and Allegiance to the nation-state. Citizens were expected to show loyalty to their country, flag, and national symbols, fostering a sense of unity and belonging.

The concept of Allegiance has also been challenged and redefined in the modern era. Movements for civil rights, democracy, and individual freedoms have questioned the limits of Allegiance and loyalty to the state. The idea of Allegiance has expanded to encompass broader notions of Allegiance to ideals such as justice, equality, and human rights.


(All of the above courtesy of Google research)


WHAT DO WE KNOW?


We know that when we don't practice something, we forget it. We know that when we don't teach something, no one learns it. We also know that meanings get lost, twisted, and skewed when we introduce diversity. However, Allegiance is one concept that every nation expects from its citizens. Why would anyone become a citizen of any country if they did not feel a sense of Allegiance towards that country?



How many of you remember the days when you went to school and the first thing you did in the morning was stand and state the Pledge Of Allegiance? This shift has sparked debates and discussions on the reasons behind its disappearance and the implications it may have on patriotic values and national unity.


One of the primary reasons for the declining presence of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools is the evolving societal attitudes toward patriotism and nationalism. In today's diverse and multicultural society, some argue that the pledge may no longer be inclusive of all students, particularly those from non-traditional backgrounds or with different beliefs. Critics contend that reciting the pledge can be seen as a form of forced nationalism, potentially alienating students who do not identify with traditional American ideals.


Additionally, concerns have been raised about the legality of mandating the recitation of the pledge in schools. The landmark Supreme Court case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette in 1943 ruled that students cannot be compelled to recite the pledge or salute the flag, as it violates their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and religion. As a result, many schools have opted to make the pledge recitation voluntary rather than mandatory, decreasing its regular practice.


Furthermore, the increasing focus on academic achievement and standardized testing in schools has led to a shift in priorities, with some educators prioritizing instructional time over ceremonial activities such as the Pledge of Allegiance. As schools face mounting pressure to meet academic standards and improve student outcomes, non-essential activities like the daily recitation of the pledge may be viewed as a lower priority.


Another factor contributing to the decline of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools is the changing role of technology and digital communication in education. With the rise of online learning platforms and virtual classrooms, the traditional morning routine of reciting the pledge in a physical classroom setting has become less common. Some argue that the digitalization of education has reduced the emphasis on traditional rituals and ceremonies, including the recitation of the pledge.


Only you can decide if these reasons make sense or hold any validity. All research was obtained from Google and Wikipedia. The real question is, how can we expect our future generations to have or understand specific fundamental values and principles if we continue to take them away? For example, the burning of the American flag shows disrespect for our nation and those who have died to protect our freedom. The burning of our nation's flag is commonplace these days. As much as I support diversity, I do not support it to the degree where our basic morals, values, and principles that made us such a great nation become compromised. When that occurs, what are we becoming? As our leaders change to support all these degrees of diversity to gain votes, we must question where their Allegiance is.


This has been very damaging to our society in our great nation and one of the leading causes of the increased violence we are seeing today, not only in our country but around the world. Look at the world we lived in ten years ago and see what it has advanced into today. Progress is not always positive and often comes with a price. What price are we willing to pay to our future generations? If you think you are struggling now, how much more will our future generations suffer?


Stability is critical to productive advancement. Instability only results in chaos. Our legal system has gone to the dogs, where equality in justice has been redefined on many levels. Equality is now defined as to whose purpose it serves. Those examples are far too many to list in this post. I will refer to one. Remember, we are talking about fairness, NOT the individual. Is it fair that a judge puts a gag order on Trump during his trial in New York, yet everyone else can say anything they would like? What happened to Trump's freedom of speech rights? Freedom of speech. The one thing that everyone claims is so sacred.


Ladies and gentlemen, this is about right and wrong, equality, and 'ALLIANCE' to the oath they took as judges and attorneys. When the system always causes these types of inequality, the system is broken and needs repair. Our justice system was designed to be impartial, fair, and equal to all.


IN CLOSING:


The history of Allegiance is a story of evolution and transformation, reflecting the changing dynamics of power, authority, and identity in different societies. From ancient civilizations to modern nation-states, the concept of Allegiance has been a fundamental aspect of human society, shaping political systems, social norms, and individual beliefs. As we continue to navigate the complexities of loyalty and Allegiance in the 21st century, it is essential to understand this timeless concept's historical roots and implications.



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Be safe, stay well, and focus on being happy. And remember to always:


Live with an open mind,

Live with an open heart,

Live your best life. 


Best Regards,


Caesar Rondina









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