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My New Pledge of Allegiance

It was a sad day indeed when it dawned on me that I could no longer, in good conscience, recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Ironic isn’t it, that a former Texas A&M University Naval cadet and patriotic American citizen should find himself in such a position.

But as I have watched formerly unthinkable events unfold daily, I have come to the realization that our nation’s flag no longer stands for the principles upon which this country was founded; those ideas and ideals that made Old Glory great.

The things that cause me distress are legion. Our freedoms are systematically being chipped away and the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of our society are under constant assault. Economic, political and social concerns fill the news, and our elected officials – Republican and Democrat alike – have made a series of tragic mistakes. And even though I am not a conspiracy theorist, I can’t help but believe that there are persons out there resolutely dedicated to bringing this country to its knees.

Whether these actions stem from ignorance or malicious intent, the end result will surely be the same. Recent events have left me feeling like an alien in my own country; indeed, I doubt that the founding fathers would recognize this land they sacrificed everything for and held so dear.

These things have caused me to reevaluate what I actually believe in, what I truly support and what I am ultimately willing to pledge my allegiance to. And like our founding fathers, when I say “pledge,” I mean my life, fortune and sacred honor.

After careful consideration, I have come up with my own pledge. There are only two changes, but they are critical. This is a new pledge for the 21st century, but a pledge firmly imbedded in the very cornerstone of America.

I pledge allegiance
to the Constitution of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands;
one nation, under God,
with liberty and justice for all.

For those who feel that the Pledge is a precious part of our American heritage not to be tampered with, may I say that I once would have made the same argument myself.

But are you aware that the Pledge was written in the 1890s? That makes it only half as old as our country. And it was changed more than once over the ensuing years. I believe it is now time for another change.

Pledging allegiance to the flag is ultimately meaningless. The flag doesn’t inform, order or guide. It is a symbol only. Indeed, if you wish to show allegiance to the flag, how do you do that? Do you obey laws passed by a tyrannical assembly, even if they are un-Constitutional? If you’re a soldier, do you follow the commands of your CO, even if he’s demanding that you participate in a UN-sponsored mission? If you’re a police officer, do you unlawfully confiscate firearms because the President has declared martial law? Pledging allegiance to the flag may feel good, but it is nebulous and its interpretation is totally subjective.

Pledging allegiance to the Constitution, however, actually means something. That is a concrete document, the interpretation of which is much less subjective. Men died to establish the Constitution, and men have died to defend it. That is why our military personnel, federal civil servants and elected leaders pledge to defend the Constitution, not the flag.

You will also note that I dropped the word “indivisible.” I did that because if our country continues down this path, there may be no choice left but to stand up as our founding fathers did and declare that we aren’t going to take it any longer. And that may some day become the measure of a true patriot. Do we fight and sacrifice for liberty, or do we sit back and watch as our precious freedoms, property and future are stripped away from us and our children?

If you are of like mind, I would invite you to use this pledge as your own.

May God bless America – but even more importantly, may America bless God.

Kurt Nauck III

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Texas Ready…has arrived!

Here at Texas Ready, we are so last century. We grow vegetables in our gardens from heirloom seed, we listen to 78rpm records on wind-up phonographs and have a 1939 Buick Special parked in the garage. For us, it’s all about getting off the grid!

So creating a blog for our seed bank company was not an idea we were terribly thrilled with. After all, Lucinda (the Seed Lady) ran her own printing company in Pasadena, CA years ago, and is fully adept at compiling, typesetting, printing and mailing newsletters. Her partner Kurt (that would be me) regularly publishes sizable catalogs in his other business (Nauck’s Vintage Records), which are mailed to thousands of collectors, institutions and archives in over 50 countries.

So you might say we have been dragged kicking and screaming into this brave new world of online social media. But everyone has been clamoring for us to get with the program, so I suppose that you can now consider the program officially gotten with. We’ve got the Facebook, the Twitter (I posted our first twit this afternoon!) and the Linked In things going on, and no doubt there will be more to come. Keeping up with all of this will be another matter entirely, as Lucy and the gang spend most of their waking hours filling seed banks, teaching seminars and attending shows. I spend most of my time trying to keep out of Lucy’s way.

But we’re going to give this our best shot. If everything works according to plan, you’ll be seeing regular – or at least semi-regular – posts having to do with gardening, seed saving, self-sustainability and life in general. If you like what you see, please spread the word. We aren’t doing this simply for our own pleasure!

Most of what you read will be penned by the lovely, gracious and ever-talented Lucinda. Occasionally I’ll pop in with my own sparkling commentary, just to keep things interesting. Either way, we are committed to providing you with content worth reading. We hope you’ll find it worthwhile!

– Kurt

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