[Sent to Bob Herbert at the New York Times re: Dangerous Territory 12/19/2005]
Always appreciate your column. Today's made me think that perhaps we should reconsider our Pledge of Allegiance to make it more relevant.
Instead of pledging allegiance to a symbol of our country, why not to the constitution itself, with the hope that it might spur us all to more active vigilance of our rights instead of mere patriotic feelings:
I pledge allegiance
to the constitution
of the United States of America
and to the principles for which it stands,
one nation by, of and for a diverse people,
with liberty and justice for all.