On Friday, Trump modified the Loyalty Day proclamation. It now includes the following:
As one Nation, we will always stand strong against the threats of terrorism and lawlessness. The loyalty of our citizenry sends a clear signal to our allies and enemies that the United States will never yield from our way of life. Through the Department of Defense and other national security agencies, we are working to destroy ISIS, and to secure for all Americans the liberty terrorists seek to extinguish.
For Donald Trump, you are a loyal American if you support the state violating the national sovereignty of other nations that do not pose a threat to America. On May 1, you are called upon to support the killing of people in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Loyalty Day is a celebration of organized mass murder.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 29, 2017
Trump wants you to pledge allegiance to the War Department, now euphemistically called the “defense” department, and the national security state, including the CIA, the surveillance state, and a militarized police state.
“This Loyalty Day, I call on all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies in our schools and other public places, including recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.”
Francis Bellamy, the guy who came up with the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892, “intended the Pledge of Allegiance to be a vow of allegiance to the state, a quintessentially un-American idea,” writes Thomas DiLorenzo.
“From the perspective of a Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, or James Madison, nothing could be more un-American. After all, they and their contemporaries had fought a long and bloody war of secession to sever their forced allegiance, complete with loyalty oaths, to another overbearing and tyrannical state, namely the British empire.”