In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain that the United States aren’t “one nation,” that the Pledge of Allegiance is not an authoritative statement of American founding principles and why it matters.
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I created a firestorm when I published an article taking Hillary Clinton to task for perpetuating the America as “one nation” myth. In the article, I referenced founding era sources to show that the system of government created by the Constitution was not “national” in nature, but was actually a federal republic. But many readers were having none of that nonsense. After all, the Pledge of Allegiance says “one nation” right in it.
In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I expand on the article, reiterating the fact that the American system was never intended to be “national.” I also address the origins of the Pledge and explain why it should not be held up as an authoritative source. Finally, I dig down to the heart of the matter and explain why any of this matters in the first place.
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Definition of National Government from Black’s Law Dictionary:
“A national government is a government of the people of a single state or nation, united as a community by what is termed the ‘social compact,’ and possessing complete and perfect supremacy over persons and things, so far as they can be made the lawful objects of civil government. A federal government is distinguished from a national government by its being the government of a community of independent and sovereign states, united by compact.”