You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I'm guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning.

 

I hope it's more often the latter, because here's what's remarkable about the Pledge: in a few short phrases, it lays out the fundamentals of what our country represents and strives to achieve.

 

Let's start with these words: "and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible." It's not just talking about any nation or form of government; it's talking about a republic — a unified nation, under divine Providence, with three fully equal branches that are strong and independent.

 

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