Do you think a possible future president of the USA should say the pledge of allegiance and not turn their back to the flag? I ask because shouldn't a president represent the USA and it's flag?
Before World War I, the Pledge would begin with the right hand over the heart during the phrase "I pledge allegiance". The arm was then extended toward the Flag at the phrase "to the Flag", and it remained outstretched during the rest of the pledge, with the palm facing upward, as if to lift the flag.
An early version of the salute, adopted in 1892, was known as the Bellamy salute. It also ended with the arm outstretched and the palm upwards, but began with the right hand outstretched, palm facing downward. However, during World War I the outstretched arm became identified with Nazism and Fascism, and the custom was changed: today the Pledge is said from beginning to end with the right hand over the heart.
everyone should get over saying the pledge.. it is about upholding the Constitution
If a canidate makes it that far hopefully he did not turn his back on our flag. I think being president should mean you have pride for your country. Stand up and salute and be lucky you are here and there are enough people entrusting you with the privilidge of running there country. What is this world coming to?
The president should promise to uphold the constitution. After having a president who called our constitution "a GD piece of paper" I care more about a president doing their job than performing rituals.
It would be more appropriate for the President to pledge allegience to the Constitution rather than the flag.
However, neither the President nor anyone else should be required to say the pledge.
As a requirement to serve? Absolutely not! Swearing to uphold our Constitution and then actually DOING SO is worth far more.
Certainly - it shows respect, pride, and willingness to serve as a proud representative !! - any less is unacceptable.
Thank goodness our Founding Fathers were wiser than Amblessed!
the flag is a symbol of many things...