The Pledge of Allegiance. Allegiance, God, ONE Nation

It’s seems unpatriotic to have an issue with the Pledge of Allegiance, but it being Flag Day, I thought I would explain my patriotic issue with our pledge.
Where is your Allegiance?
It’s the first line: I Pledge Allegiance to the ‘Flag’ of the United States of America. Well, I don’t. I Pledge Allegiance to the ‘United States of America‘.
The flag is an object, it may represent our country, but it is not where my Allegiance resides.
May Allegiance is to the United States and to the Republic.
Some may say I take the Pledge to literally. To them I say – Shouldn’t we?
We are Pledging our Allegiance and if we don’t take that pledge literally and seriously then why say it at all?
God.
*According to the web the Pledge originally read:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added. At this time it read:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today.
Today it reads:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Our pledge did not mention God until 1954? Really?
We’ve only be a God fearing nation for 57 years?
It is interesting to note, that God was only added to the Pledge of Allegiance out of Fear.
The Time has come where we need a Global Name for God.
I love the Lord MY God and I see no problem with the world God in the Pledge. BUT there is always a BUT.
It would make me very happy if we could all come together, take all our Gods, put them in a big mixing bowl and give him/her/it ONE name and use THAT name for God in any and all pledges, songs, speeches and so on.
If I remember the teachings in chapel correctly, there are over 140 names for GOD in the Bible. If there are more than 140 names for God in one Bible, how is it we can’t get past the fact there may be other holy books which refer to the same God using a different name?
I believe that there is only one God and the people of the world call him by different names and we have come up with different ways to worship and follow him.
This may be a naive way of looking at the problem, but it’s a simple problem with a simple fix.
1) If you don’t believe in God in any form: Please fall back to The 1923 version on the Pledge.
2) If you don’t believe in the United States: you should probably fall back to the original version of the pledge.
3) If you HATE the United States, you should just pack up and leave.
ONE Nation.
Regardless, if you put God in the Pledge, substitute your favorite word for God, or revert back to an earlier version of the Pledge, we should all remember that we are Pledging our Allegiance to The “United States of America” and We are ONE Nation.
In this country we go to war because a dictator or terrorist feels the need to force others to live the way they believe. And here at home we do the same by denying rights to those who are looked upon as different.
How can we be ONE Nation if we deny a Mosque to be built or deny Respect to military officers (and their family’s) as they are laid to rest or deny any person a right or privilege enjoyed by the majority.
I have heard many Christians say that their beliefs are being denied and their arguments are going unheard. Christian beliefs are not being denied, it is that the Rights of All Citizens are starting to be recognized. Because we are ONE Nation.
*http://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/outreach/Pledge.htm
http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance

If you are going to have a “visit…

If you are going to have a “visit all the doctors – week from hell” at least end with your favorite doctor.
I am convinced that our family doctor is the most brilliant physician on the planet. It may be that she learned that I’m a bitch early on and is just giving me everything our insurance will provide, but regardless she has me convinced.
However, this post is not on the brilliant doctor, but the Autism Specialist, Dentist, and Highly Educated Child Psychologist I’ve seen in the past week (or so)

We visit a recommended Autism Specialist who is concerned with our daughters sleep habits, or lack there of. I’m asked “What does she eat?”
I LOVE answering this question, because my daughter eats serving after serving of Fruits and Vegetables.
Not so apparently the fact our daughter eats healthy foods is our problem. Healthy foods are filled with natural sugars which is making our daughter hyper.
No, my child is not hyper. Regardless if you believe if evolution or creation we were never meant to sit on our butts all day long in front of a teacher, computer, television or for any other reason. We are designed to hunt and forage.
My 3 year old daughter is naturally designed to move constantly.
My lazy butt is also designed to move constantly, but I grew up with high fructose corn syrup and suddenly my butt is slowing my down. My toddler is not hyper, she is processing the foods she is supposed to be eating in the manner in which they are supposed to be processed and her body is reacting the way it should react by giving her energy. Do I wish she could burn it off by the end of the day – why yes. I’d love to sleep sometime this decade, but I’m not going to feed her LESS of the things her body needs just so I can get a few winks.
Then there was the Dentist and hygienist who informed me that all of the fruit my daughter eats and many of the vegetables are filled with sugar and they are causing cavities.
Are you KIDDING ME?!?! What do they want me to feed her? Packaged processed foods? High in Fat and chemicals , but low in cavity cause sugars? in fact, that would be healthier for her teeth. Eye Roll!
It’s like banging your head against a wall! But there is nothing more straining to your brain then a Highly Educated Child Psychologist who is terrible with children. We’ve seen 3 and they all suck.
My daughter may have been diagnosed with Autism, but regardless ……. you can’t tell any 3 year old to ….. are you ready for this?…. “Go over to my desk and get the blue pencil and bring it to me.” after you hand her a cool toy with Sesame Street characters popping out of it while it plays music – and expect her or any child to give you the time of day!
The first child psychologist we saw had never heard of Toy Story! I didn’t have children when the first Toy Story movie was released, but I knew what it was! I may have even gone to see it! How can you be a CHILD psychologist and not know or understand what make children tick.
And these Highly Educated Child Psychologist seem to know very little about what children do at any age.
Question 1) Does she spin in circles?
A: She can spin in circles. She’s 3 yeas old!! Yes, she and her sister play ballerina.
Child Psychologists Response: That is a clear indication of Autism.
Question 2) Does your child do any hand flapping (The Psychologist illustrates hand flapping for me)
A: My daughter sees the hand flapping and mimics the Psychologist – and says “All done” (Since flapping the hands in that manner is the SIGN for “All Done.”)
Child Psychologists Response: That is a clear indication of Autism.
Question 3) Does she do any head banging.
A: She did, but we ignored it and that cured it real quick!
Child Psychologists Response: That is a clear indication of Autism.
At which point I slammed my head against the desk – why do they bother asking the questions if they plan on answering them for you?
But I didn’t debate the issue, everyone from the pre-schools to the books you read will tell you that if your child isn’t diagnosed with Autism than they are considered an ‘easy case’ and won’t get all the therapy and benefits. Many of the books will tell you that if your child isn’t diagnosed with at least something on the spectrum, that you should Question the diagnosing physician as to WHY they did not diagnose your child with Autism.
The worse the diagnoses the better the treatment. And sense a child can always be undiagnosed later, you may as well get the best treatment possible early on – Right?!?
I’m just thankful that at the end of that week, we saw our family doctor, who listened to me gripe, read over what the Autism doctor wanted, understood it, and got it all in motion – And she doesn’t think my daughter is HYPER!
She really is Brilliant!

Sick Kiddo

Trip to the doctor with my sick little kiddo.
Keeper’s ears, eyes, nose, mouth, lungs all check out.
Bad case of the flu, broken blood vessel in left eye, probably from coughing.
Her head is so plugged she has it coming out her eye sockets – she’s been blowing her nose. Temp 102 – she won’t take Tylenol. My Poor Baby!!!
DR: A little Tylenol will make you feel much better.
Keeper: I don’t think so.
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Update:
Gave my little drama queen Baby Tylenol this evening to bring down her fever – she immediately spit it back up.
Not because her stomach is upset, but because she worked herself up into such a state over the TASTE of the Tylenol.

Stupid Insurance Company!

I can’t be more than 2 hours without a vehicle – kids have to get to and from school, therapy, after school programs and on and on and on.
A woman rear ends me. Nice lady. No one is hurt. Thank God no one was hurt. Her car is totaled – does that tell you how hard she hit me?
My insurance company assures me that her insurance company “Vermont Mutual” is going to handle everything.
They will pay for everything, get me a rental, blah blah blah.
Vermont Mutual calls me. Their guy, of course, has a different spin on things.
“I‘m not going to give you a rental – we have an adjuster who will come out, survey your vehicle and tell you how much we‘re going to pay for it.”
My question is, unless he puts it on a lift how is he going to know what it needs done?!?! Since the accident it’s been shaking like crazy. I’d like to know how he’s going to survey that kind of damage from my driveway?
I know the insurance company doesn’t want to pay for anything they don’t have too, but I’m not claiming whip lash, emotional stress, nothing except the fact I want my truck fixed and I can’t do that without a rental vehicle.
It’s a 13 year old truck – it’s going to take them forever to replace the bumper and anything behind the bumper that was damaged – Remember they TOTALED her car!