Just take a look at how people represent the flag today. Although federal law prohibits desecrating the flag, people today routinely wear clothes that include the image of the flag - even worn as shirts and pants. It is even "stylish" to wear flag scarfs, hats, on torn jeans, even as headbands. Yet, pledging allegiance to the Flag really doesn't convey the message the Founders and Framers actually had in mind. So just for your consideration, ponder George Washington's proposed Pledge of Allegiance to the Constitution;
"I, as one of We, the People of the United States, affirm that I have read or will read our U.S. Constitution and pledge to maintain and promote its standard of liberty for myself and for my posterity, and do hereby attest to this by my signature."
Wouldn't that be a better pledge to make? But would it be too difficult for many Americans to understand? I mean, we have Republicans claiming to be strict Constitutionalists; but never seem to know what is actually written in our foundational document. We have a president that routinely dismisses the limits of authoritative government because he simply finds some of the provisions of the Constitution "Phony." (See: www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-blames-phony-emoluments-clause-scrapped-plan-host-g-7-n1069606). Now we have the hyper-partisan media (Fox et al) distorting the Constitution so it fits their narrative of supporting a president who clearly has not read the Constitution or agree with its guiding provisions. Under Article I, the House of Representatives has the sole authority to conduct Impeachment and related inquiries. Yet, according to Fox and Right Wing media outlets (and elected officials), the Constitutional norms are okay to attack because they now have a supporting cast on the Supreme Court that will make the Constitution "bend" to their liking. Except the Constitution was never meant to be "bent" to benefit one political party over another. As mentioned here a lot, Washington warned America about the use of factions to divide us in order to seize and maintain corrupt control of the government. And this is exactly where we are today.
Until Trump and his sycophantic media and followers wake up, we will be in a crisis that will continue to challenge the very fabric of our experiment known as our democratic republic. As Thomas Jefferson once wrote; "Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence." Have a great week!