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Power in the pledge

Thursday, September 13, 2012

There's just something about rising with hundreds of people and speaking something in unison.

The more people, the more impact the words seem to have.

That's how I felt when I stood with about 700 people at the Steve King and Christie Vilsack debate Saturday evening at the world's greatest county fair.

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America."


Think of the unifying power of those words.

While the room was divided by political allegiance, absolutely everyone put down their signs and opinions for those 19 seconds in allegiance to the same thing -- one great country. In those brief moments, we all stood as Americans -- not Vilsack supporters, King supporters, undecided voters, candidates or media types.

To me, it was the highlight of the night -- even better than being cheered (and booed) during introductions -- and it was duplicated two days later during the veteran appreciation program in the same room. Those voices may have cracked a little bit, but when combined, they were no less moving than the fired-up politicos.

"And to the republic for which it stands. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Yes, there may be two primary, political parties and a few outliers, but at the end of the day, we all make up one indivisible nation under God.

And what do we stand for? Liberty and justice for all.

Regardless of any American's political position, I believe all Americans stand for those two core beliefs. Yes, Republicans defend "liberty and justice for all" differently than Democrats and Independents, but they all have the same intention.

Sometimes, we just need to get back to the basics and realize that, at the heart of the issue, we all want the same things.

Hopefully we can remember that, regardless of how the elections turn out in 54 days.

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Gabe Licht
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