We all have pledged it at one time or another in America. Did you ever think about what it really means?
- freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.
- freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
- freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
- the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause.
- rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.
- the moral principle determining just conduct.
- conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment.
- the administering of deserved punishment or reward.
- the maintenance or administration of what is just by law, as by judicial or other proceedings.
What this means is that we have the Freedom to live life within the laws of our country. Others have the right to do the same thing, even if we disagree with their religion, choices, or walk in life. WE have the right to expect US to all live accordingly to that freedom and that liberty, after all we all pledged “with Liberty for all.”
We also have the right to expect that our choices outside of the law, or infringing on the freedom of others, should be dealt with properly. No one, not even the president, is above the law. Choices have consequences. We all know that. And when those choices, which we are all free to make, step over the line, we have the right to expect that our choices will be dealt with fairly by a blind, dispassionate, and free of political influence process.
When we took this pledge we built a community; we built a nation; we built a shining light for all the world to see. America is that shining beacon for the rest of the world. We may be ridiculed for our wealth, for our freedoms, for our religions, for our world influence.
Yet we should all remember that we have fought hard for freedom. We fought to free ourselves. We fought to free our own citizens in bondage. We fought to ensure liberty and justice in opportunity and civil rights.
We fought to free other nations and freed others and returned their nations to their own sovereignty to pursue liberty and justice for themselves. We didn’t stop there. We helped rebuild those nations.
In our current troubled times with terrorism, and with current difficulties we should all hold together to remember our pledge of Liberty and Justice for all whether they wear blue uniforms, hoodies, white or blue collars, vote one way or another, or worship one way or another.