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10:41 PM Thu, Sept. 20th

Letter: Pledge modification

Editor:

“I pledge allegiance to the President of the United States of America.”

Many of us are aware that the Pledge of Allegiance has undergone changes over the years. It was originally composed in 1887 by Col. George Balch and later revised in 1882 by Francis Bellamy. It was modified in 1923 and formally adopted by Congress in 1942. It again underwent a change in 1954, during the McCarthy era, to include the words “under God.”

Of additional interest is that in WWII, the salute for the pledge of allegiance was modified because it closely resembled the Nazi salute.

Under the current administration, are we due for another modification and perhaps a return to the original straight arm salute? Since our current president has no respect for any branch of the government, and that includes the executive branch (he thinks this branch is made up of only one person) … well, maybe he will change the pledge through “executive order.”

It will soon be obvious to many Republican politicians and open minded and rational Trump supporters that they need to rise up and put an end to this emotionally disturbed and dangerous would-be autocrat whose actions spiral our nation deeper into a moral and ethical abyss.

I give you the following pledge modification considering the mentality of the current administration:

“I pledge allegiance to Donald Trump who is our greatest President ever of the best ever United States of America, and to his image for which we better stand or else; one nation under Trump, incredulously, with nonsensical tweets and walls and straight arm salutes for all.”

Patrick Leyden

Prescott