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Constitution formed nation

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Wednesday's letter “United States: Country wasn't founded on pledge” was well written, but I must take exception to a few points.
It is true that the nation was not founded by the Declaration of Independence, it was also not a letter to King George III. The document states: “…a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” These words were not addressed to the ear of George III, but rather to all nations that may want to assist us in our bid for freedom from England.
The writer stated that the United States was not a “Christian” nation. If he meant that this country was not like the Islamic nations that restrict religious freedoms and activities not their own, I heartily agree.
At the end of the Declaration they asked for the “… protection of divine providence …” Where did this protection of divine providence come from?
Also, the nation was not formed by the Articles of Confederation, any more that the nation of Europe was formed when the European Union was formed. The United States were united in 1788 when the Constitution was ratified.
Lastly, his reference to the pledge of allegiance being akin to Nazi Germany is insulting. The Nazis swore allegiance to Hitler. When a person pledges allegiance to the flag, they are pledging allegiance to the symbol of this great nation, grounded in the Constitution.
Pledge your allegiance to the idea, not the person.
Mark Weirich

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