Five Things That Will Actually Make Our Kids More Patriotic
Every day, in classrooms around the country, students start off their day by standing, placing their hands over their hearts and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. They may not understand why they do it, they may not even care about the words that they're saying, but they do it, mostly because that's what you do at the start of the school do.
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According to the Official Texas GOP Platform, this a good thing. And I quote:
Students should pledge allegiance to the United States and Texas flags daily to instill patriotism.
Maybe I'm just a bad citizen, but the Pledge never instilled much of anything in me. It was just another part of the day, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it beat that never got brought up when my parents asked me what I did at school that day. It was maybe the most unimportant thing I did in between getting picked up and dropped off at school.
And if that sounds terrible, ask yourself when the last time you said the Pledge in the comfort of your own home to an audience of no one. Yeah, exactly.
So if daily brainwashing isn't going to be the thing that instills our youth with warm and fuzzy feelings about the good 'ol USA of, what will? I'm glad you asked.
5. Video Games
There's this whole idea of "fairness" in video games that seems really silly. I say forget that: any game where you get to choose one side to be American, that side should be noticeably better than the other. Tug of war? We should be better. American football? We should be magnitudes better. War? Not only should the Americans be better, but the rest of the world should be noticeably worse. When we put our minds to something, other countries should fear us, whether we do it in the real world or the digital one.
The USA is woefully underserved in this new, key form of communication. Other than the American flag and the Statue of Liberty, what is there for us to add to a drunk text message we send to a friend on July 4th that graphically shows just how great America is? There are no bald eagles, no White House, not even a Stealth Bomber or an Honest Abe emoji. I mean, if we're going to pretend that saying the pledge every day is what makes us proud to be an American, when we should be able to send a tiny photo of Mount Rushmore along with our "Happy Presidents Day!" mass texts.
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