Today, only the length of a mile is still set in stone. Revisionists now claim the Civil War was really all about taxes and states rights; journalists add an extra "s" following the apostrophe; and, if my daughter is any example, the Pledge of Allegiance ends at fourth grade.
|Oddly, this fell out of favor when we went to war|
I hadn't though much about the Pledge since graduating from public school. But lately, it seems to be in every other headline I read these days:
Texas Man Arrested for Alleged Pledge of Allegiance to ISIS
Boko Haram purportedly pledges allegiance to ISIS
Sahara extremists pledge allegiance to ISIS
Spiritual Leader of Libya's Biggest Jihadi Group Pledges Allegiance to ISIS
Gaza Salafists pledge allegiance to ISIS
Sheesh! Is there anyone not pledging allegiance to ISIS? If this keeps up, even the phrase "Pledge of Allegiance" is going to go the way of "retarded," "mongoloid" and "thug" in polite conversation.
|"It was old, anyway."|
But I still keep wondering about this new Pledge of Allegiance. Do terrorists get up from their desks every morning, as we did, and place their hands over their hearts? If so, I imagine their sacred covenant goes something like this:
I pledge allegiance to the scary black flag
Of the united maniacs of ISIS
And to the psychosis for which it stands,
One caliphate, under Allah, impenitent,
With annihilation and chaos
For everybody else.