Allegiance

815 – President Andrew Johnson on the United State Government

“Our Government springs from and was made for the people — not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom. But while the Government is thus bound to defer to the people, from whom it derives its existence, it should, from the very consideration of its origin, be strong in its power of resistance to the establishment of inequalities. Monopolies, perpetuities, and class legislation are contrary to the genius of free government, and ought not to be allowed. Here there is no room for favored classes or monopolies; the principle of our Government is that of equal laws and freedom of industry. Wherever monopoly attains a foothold, it is sure to be a source of danger, discord, and trouble.”

–Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States of America (more…)

584 – Pledges to the Earth and Universe

–Both anonymous

Pledge to the Earth

“I pledge allegiance to the Earth
of our beloved Solar System,
to all of her creatures
for here they dwell.
one Planet
united in harmony
with universal love
and compassion for all”

Pledge to the Universe

“I pledge allegiance to the Universe
and all the
Life which it supports.
One Cosmos
in our care,
irreplaceable,
with sustenance
and respect for all.”

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