We the people

Replace the Star Spangled Banner with Schoolhouse Rock’s musical preamble to the U.S. Constitution, suggests Shannon Love on Chicago Boyz.

The Pledge of Allegiance should be replaced by the Declaration of Independence, Love adds.

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights,
Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
So say we all!

I’d hate to give up “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” but I think the second idea is a good one.

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  1. It would be great if the Pledge of Allegiance were replaced with that part of the Declaration of Independence. The Pledge of Allegiance is such a disgrace, anyway. I, for one, reject the idea that we are or ever were one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. That’s a bunch of nonsense. Perhaps if more people were exposed to those words from the Declaration of Independence every day they would start to wake up to the fact that they have traded their (and my) liberty for a false promise of security. Although I doubt the elite would want to see this happen. They have too much to lose.

    Joanne, have you ever read “An End to Allegiance” by Roderick Long? You can find it at http://www.strike-the-root.com/3/long/long10.html.

  2. I don’t know why clicking on that link takes you to the main page and not that article. It worked for me before. If you key the web address in it will take you right to the article. Sorry for the screw-up.

  3. So say we all.

  4. Apropos of nothing, I can still (at 40) recite the Preamble thanks to Schoolhouse Rock.

    so perhaps not all of those Saturday mornings were totally a waste.

  5. Dictyranger says:

    @ricki: So can I, a fellow 40-year-old.

    When I was in 10th grade, our social studies teacher announced that he would give us a quiz on the Preamble: we had a week to memorize it. It’s rare that one manages to study for a test 8 years in advance, so we were all quite pleased.

    So, picture 25 16-year-olds, peacefully writing down the Preamble on our test sheets, on a lovely late April day, the room quiet, until….

    hmm hmm HMM hmm…

    …one of the students actually hums the song that every last one of us has been singing to ourselves. Utter hysteria. Our teacher, who had been too old for Schoolhouse Rock and whose son was only a toddler, was completely nonplussed. I hope one of the older teachers clued him in eventually.

  6. Eric Jablow says:

    You can always tell who learned the Preamble from Schoolhouse Rock: they leave out the words “of these United States”. After all, those words didn’t scan.