Joan, thanks for the info and the link to more.
What irony. American exceptionalism (the belief) is possible only because we are ignorant and proud of our ignorance.
I will use it in a speech in my Toastmasters club, where I am THE atheist and I don't pledge allegiance to the flag. I challenged the other members, most of them veterans, to pledge allegiance to the Constitution. Though the veterans all took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the big C, their minds have been programmed and they are unable to pledge allegiance.
A 1940 SCOTUS decision described the pledge as a means to bring children into the political culture. The bible has words about giving up childish things; I might do a speech about holding onto childish things.
Great ideas! I fail to understand how young soldiers willingly go to war for the false purpose of empire building and continue expressing loyalty to a pledge that violates basic Constitutional principles. Keep up your good work!
Joan, according to James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, the American history taught in schools isn't intended to educate students; it's intended to make them feel proud to be Americans. I read the 1995 edition. I have the 2007 update on my Kindle but haven't started reading it yet.
I don't recall seeing in Loewen's book that part of the reason for the Revolution was that England was keeping the western lands (the Appalachians) for native Americans. Many of the founders were in the land business and they wanted to sell that land to settlers.
America has been empire building at least since the Monroe Doctrine. It told Europe's rulers to stay out of this hemisphere.
As to the pledge, its daily recitation does to kids' minds what the daily religion classes in Catholic schools do; it turns off the thought process.