30 Stories in 30 Days #13 – “Indivisible”
“This is not a good sign,” April remarked with a smile. “You’re sitting there pen in hand with your eyes glazed over.”
“I was thinking,” Sam replied.
Sitting down at the table in the bookstore café, April asked, “Should I get you some aspirin?”
“But you should get that glazed look off your face before Tony shows up. This is the Writer’s Write! meeting remember. We’re not supposed to think, just write and fill page after page with words.”
Sam shrugged. “I do have an idea for a story I’ll work on once the meeting starts, but this was just some … futile exercise.”
“Did you hear the big brouhaha over the golf pledge thing, or whatever over the weekend?”
April frowned. “I heard something, but didn’t really care enough to read about it.”
“Well, I think it was NBC aired … something with kids saying the Pledge of Allegiance and they cut out the ‘Under God’ bit.”
“The bastards,” April stated with a smile.
“Apparently that’s how some people reacted, without the smile. From what I read it wasn’t some diabolical political message, just poor editing. Some of the blogs I follow go off whenever something like this comes up, usually just repeating themselves about the Establishment Clause and how ‘Under God’ wasn’t in the original version, but this time I saw something new. This one guy points out that we had the Greatest Generation who defeated Nazi Germany and Fascist Japan. Then they shoehorned ‘Under God’ into the Pledge in the 50’s, and a decade later you have hippies and Vietnam. He doesn’t say it’s a direct correlation, just an amusing coincidence. But he went on to ask, ‘Why do we pledge allegiance to a symbol? Why not something solid, like the Constitution?’”
“So are you trying to write a Pledge of Allegiance to the Constitution?” April asked.
Sam again shrugged. “Well, all I’ve come up with is a rough rewrite. I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the republic which it creates, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
“You left out ‘Under God.’”
“Well, I was working with the original version.”
“Ah.” April smiled. “How do you expect it to replace the current pledge then?”
“There’s no chance in hell of that happening. That’s why I said it was a futile exercise. Although,” Sam said, leaning forward in his chair, “this could be one of those pointless, stupid issues politicians will focus on to build up their numbers instead of tackling real problems.”
“See, there’s always hope.”
Sam frowned. “For what?”
After several seconds of silence, April stood. “I’m going to go get some coffee. Do you want anything?”