To the Editor:
A few nights ago, I went to a local high school basketball game. We stood up for the national anthem. There was no band and the sound system malfunctioned. So, after a brief pause, the announcer said we would say the Pledge of Allegiance. I couldn't remember it. I think I?forgot it during the 1980s, during the depression days of the Reagan administration, when the rural population fell 20 percent.
The gym was probably 10 percent full. I looked across the floor to the players' bench and, after the starting five went on the floor, there were not many left on the bench. A far cry from the early 1950s when I was in school. Back then, the gym was full and students and parents were standing in the doorways.
My pledge to the flag is this: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Corporation of American and to the Republic for which they stand. All corporations under God, with liberty and justice for all the rich and privileged."
People are revolting in this country and rightly so, being the Tea Party movement or the anti-Wall Street, but they won't get anyplace because the power people got control, not the people.
The other night on television they interviewed the first soldier who went into Iraq, and he will also be the last out. He stated the names of five of his closest comrades who were gone with hesitation in his words:?"I question if their gone for any good reason."
Maybe another first lady like Nancy with the "astrology thoughts" could get us on track.
David A. Vogt