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Doug Stanhope - Liberty (Language Warning)

•, Isaac Davies
Excerpt from Doug Stanhope's "Deadbeat Hero"

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Comment by Ed Price
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"... flag ..." = military
"... republic ..." = military republic (warring republic)
"... under God ..." = God squish military republic under feet

Isaiah 34:2 (NIV):
The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter.

Comment by Dennis Treybil
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I find it interesting that the PoA is first to "the flag of the USoA".  Constitutionally prescribed oaths of office declare the officials allegiance to "the Constitution". 

President:  "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."


The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

At least, the PoA mentions "to the republic for which it stands", even if that mention follows mention of the flag.  The PoA does not mention the Constitution.

In a republic, the people are the source of power.  Through the various organs of formal government, humans determine their actions in the course of human events.  George Washington said, "The time for Kings is past."  Kings, Emperors, Caesars, Pharoahs, etc. often (if not always) claimed divine right of rule.  A republic is a repudiation of that concept.

With that thought in mind, the idea of the words under God in a declaration of allegiance to a republic strikes me as something of a contradiction.

The PoA was penned by Francis Bellamy in 1892, just over 100 years after the ratification of the Bill of Rights.

DC Treybil

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