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A Recited Truth MAG

May 20, 2008
By Anonymous

I pledge allegiance
To the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the controversial culture for which it stands
One nation, under whatever deity you choose,
Indivisible since 1965,
With liberty and justice for all who can afford a decent lawyer.

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on Aug. 12 2012 at 3:37 pm
juicyfan6 BRONZE, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." - J.K. Rowling

I love this poem! It's simple, yet it definitely shares a distinct message. :) 

Jane3 SILVER said...
on Jun. 7 2012 at 4:32 pm
Jane3 SILVER, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
“The capital-T truth is about life BEFORE death. It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over: this is water. This is water.”

Way to tell it like it is!!! I love strongly opinionated work, and this is so sweetly to the point! Great job :)

on Apr. 24 2012 at 2:29 pm
life.is.charming BRONZE, Boca Raton, Florida
1 article 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience."
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

this is incredible.. such a short yet powerful and wise poem.. amazing job! 

on Jan. 27 2012 at 9:38 pm
laurensoccer SILVER, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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I love this poem!!!! I appreciate your point of view and simple, but amazing writing! Keep writing!!!!! Great job!!!!!

gleek1234 GOLD said...
on Jan. 6 2012 at 11:55 am
gleek1234 GOLD, Burlington, Vermont
17 articles 0 photos 130 comments

Favorite Quote:
You did let me go you left me broken and heartless, crying out for help, with no one to answer my calls-Shilpa Pierpont-Hale ( poem) Love hurts

this is great

on Oct. 31 2011 at 4:44 pm
MiscellanyCrop DIAMOND, Middlefield, Ohio
50 articles 1 photo 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
Let Earth unbalanced from her orbit fly / Planets and Suns run lawless through the sky.
An Essay on Man - Alexander Pope

 Because it's true, it's awesome.

on Sep. 17 2011 at 6:08 pm
thelogicoflove SILVER, Camden, South Carolina
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As far as I'm aware, this country was based on religious freedom, and there are laws about seperation of church and government. That is why many people disagree with the 'Under God' portion of the pledge.

Ktaylorxo GOLD said...
on Sep. 17 2011 at 2:40 pm
Ktaylorxo GOLD, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
13 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
Everybody in this world will hurt you. You just gotta stick with the ones worth suffering for.

love this! it's so true.

jaylw GOLD said...
on Aug. 7 2011 at 6:09 pm
jaylw GOLD, Southgate, Michigan
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the sad part is its true good job

on Aug. 5 2011 at 3:46 pm
Inspired_By_Nothing BRONZE, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
All those years ago, we thought we were Invincible. Now I know how far from the truth That is.

Its so true its sad. Great job.


on Aug. 4 2011 at 6:11 pm
xximjustmexx PLATINUM, Oak Forest, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
There's no god. There's no religion. There's only life, what you do with YOUR life, who YOU let affect YOUR life. Bad things happen to everyone, you just have to learn to deal with them.

God. This is now on the list of my top ten favorite peoms. 5/5

on Jul. 13 2011 at 12:03 pm
Valkeryie BRONZE, Okc, Oklahoma
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It's true that this poem make fun of the U.S.  And so do I.  I love my country, but satire reminds us of the things that are wrong with the system.


I know my side:  I love America, but there are things wrong with her system.  I support my country, and I support those who see the flaws and bring them to light. 


I know it's spelled wrong.  It's a "thing"  I have another account under the name "Valkerie."  :)



LouieHan GOLD said...
on Jul. 13 2011 at 2:02 am
LouieHan GOLD, San Marino, California
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Favorite Quote:
Xiao Dre, when life knocks you down, you can choose, whether or not, to get back up
-Jackie Chan as Mr. Han

How sweet a conservative American nationalist. I hope you realize the author is making fun of the United States Mr. Valkyrie.  Your comment both demeans as well as supports this poem. Maybe in a while you will discover which side you take.  By the way, I believe it is spelled Valkyrie not Valkeryie. 

on Jun. 24 2011 at 6:21 pm
Valkeryie BRONZE, Okc, Oklahoma
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This should be sent to the Times or something!  :D

on Jun. 24 2011 at 6:19 pm
Valkeryie BRONZE, Okc, Oklahoma
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This is so true.  The Pledge is beautiful and all, but it doesn't tell evrything.  (for instance, as an atheist, it's annoying to have to include God in the pledge.  I understand we're a Christian nation, but God shouldn't be an official part of the Pledge.)


There is so much corruption in the legal system, it's not even funny.  It's really sad, actually.


That said, I do love my country.  I live for her, and I die for her.  But even though America is a wonderful country, we have a lot of problems.


Some would call your post disrespectful.  I say that it is more respectful than the official Plaedge itself, in that yours is absolutely true.  You give credit to the good and the bad, in a smart, funny way.


Wonderful job!!

on Jun. 22 2011 at 5:09 pm
crazychick SILVER, Norwich, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy. Maybe it was the 60's. Or maybe I was just a girl... interrupted

haha so truee!!

on Jun. 13 2011 at 5:34 pm
NatChick SILVER, Muskegon, Michigan
5 articles 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it's faced."-James Baldwin

You got it! love this:)

on Jun. 1 2011 at 12:26 pm
flamingochick0220 BRONZE, Jacksonville, Florida
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
He who laughs last thinks the slowest, but he who laughs first has the dirtiest mind. ;D

This is the best piece of writing I have ever read on here!  Congratulations on being so amazing!!  :))  :))

on May. 31 2011 at 5:21 pm
WynterPage95 ELITE, Monticello, Arkansas
164 articles 8 photos 76 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's better to burn out than to fade away..." -Kurt Cobain

this is kicka**!! speak the truth!!

on Apr. 16 2011 at 1:35 pm
kenzie011 BRONZE, Vancouver, Washington
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What you have written makes perfect sense, and it speaks the truth. Good work!