My kids have learned the Pledge of Allegiance. This does not leave me all that happy, but neither does it leave me horrified. My wife was bemused, since her country gave up on such nationalistic drills decades ago. My mother was surprised; having lived for twelve years in California with another set of grandkids there, she thought the Pledge had been abolished. Learning that Californians had gotten rid of the Pledge makes me a bit less opposed to it, an opposition which began in high school after reading the Manifesto of the Communist Party. Now, I am wise to the common socialist origins of the Pledge and the Manifesto.