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Bladen County Citizen Responds to Bladen County Board of Elections Lack of Support for Flag

In response to the Bladen County Board of Elections meeting dated January 15, 2020.

By Terri Stanley, Clarkton, NC

I am not a very educated person nor do I keep up with politics. I am a person of simple ideas.  I viewed, online, the Bladen County Board of Elections meeting of January 15, 2020. There are just a few things that really irritate me and one of these was addressed at that meeting.  The right to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.  For the life of me I can’t understand why reciting it wouldn’t be a part of any governmental meeting. It is the AMERICAN flag, not the Republican Flag or the Democratic Flag.  The meeting starts out with prayer which should be first because God our Creator started it all. Without Him there is nothing.

How many men and women have died for our country? Did they join the military just to see some action. NO!  They joined because of the love they have for their country and the  willingness to fight and to give their lives to keep America free. The American Flag is a symbol of that freedom. In my opinion, it would be disrespectful to these brave men and women to not pledge our loyalty to our country. It is not a law that you must do this but don’t take away that right or privilege from anyone else!

In the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence it states: 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.

The American’s Creed, which was written in 1917 and accepted by the United States House of Representative on April 3, 1918 says:  “I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable;

established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American Patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to supports its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

Yes, when asked the question , “Why aren’t we able to Pledge our Allegiance to the American Flag?”, we all have that right to to deny or accept it. “ It is my right and I choose to exercise it!” is not a good answer without an explanation.  I have given mine, what is yours?

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