I want to thank Kiley D. for writing "Forced Patriotism." I totally agree. You should not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance because you have to, but because you want to. You should be proud to live in a country where you are free, can speak your mind, and not be killed or imprisoned for stating your opinion. But still, if you don't stand for the Pledge, you are disrespecting your country and your fellow Americans.
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