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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Change The Pledge Of Allegiance, Please

I think they changed this salute after World War 2.
That's right, I want the powers that be to change the Pledge Of Allegiance, please. But not the way most people have said it should be changed. I want to change the part that isn't truthful. Yes, there were good intentions when the Pledge Of Allegiance was written, but times have changed and so should the pledge.
From the time we first walked into a schoolroom and there was a flag in the corner, we recited the following Pledge Of Allegiance:

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

I know in recent years, there are people who want to remove the "one nation under God" part from the pledge. They are a tiny minority in the country and in the America I know, the majority rules. So, they can shut up and find something else to complain about.

What I want changed is the part... "with liberty and justice for all."

Specifically, I want that phrase to be rewritten to:

"with liberty and justice for those who can afford it."

That is the truth. You can get all the justice you can afford. If you can't afford it, you don't get justice.

A classic example is O.J. Simpson. Blood everywhere, shoe prints, timing, motive, it was all there. But he had a great defense team and he walked. He didn't get such a good defense team in Nevada and he's behind bars.

Thousands of convicted men and women go to prison every year because they cannot afford a good defense.

Then, outside of the criminal element, there are millions of family court issues that go one way or another based on one party's ability to pay or not pay for legal representation. That recently happened to me.

My ex-wife filed a motion to take sole legal custody of my 11 year-old daughter. They both live in Las Vegas, NV. For health reasons, I had to leave Nevada and move to Cleveland in March of 2010. I've been unemployed. And work that will help me get back to Nevada is impossible to find. I have to build my own business, which this site is part of and there are other ventures I'm working on to make enough to get back to my daughter.

In the original divorce decree, I had joint, equal custody of my daughter, no child support. But because I'm here, my ex-wife has had full custody.

Without getting into all of the details, my ex-wife wants to take all legal rights away from me, force me to pay child support and stick me with the attorney bills.

What is interesting to me is that my ex-wife has repeatedly been in contempt of our original parenting agreement. To put it simply, she's a lousy co-parent. I just want her to follow the orders we both crafted and agreed to with the divorce. Blowing me off for over six years is really frustrating.

But now, she's filed this motion. Well, I don't have a spare dime. I could not even file a response with the courts. So, on November 15, I'm guessing she won a default judgement. I don't know what the judge ruled, at this writing. But I had no say-so in the outcome because I could not afford justice.

I have liberty, but I can't afford justice. At least, not now.

I tried every legal aid group I could find. Half of them wanted me to buy books and guides on how to survive divorce court. I needed an attorney. I solicited for them online. I received several responses, told them my story and never heard back.

So, I'm waiting to see what the "justice" systems hands me. I have to accept it, until there is a day I can go back to court and have things put back the way they were.

And that's why I am asking, "Change the Pledge Of Allegiance, please?" - with liberty and justice for those who can afford it.

Update... I got a letter the other day... I lost legal custody, physical custody and was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in back health insurance and legal fees - and pay child support. I have no visitation and any visitation is at the sole discretion of my X.

And justice for ... ???

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  1. My heart aches on your behalf, Roger. I can only imagine how you must feel. One day, your daughter will be old enough to make her own decisions and I certainly hope they will include bringing you back into her life; from what you say of your efforts to remain in touch, I am sure she yearns for the day.

    Oh...and thanks for your "A Few Good Reasons Not To Off Yourself" segment. Needed to hear/read that today. Going through some heavy shit storms myself. Just know that you must be making a difference in a new life just about everyday. What better gift to have to give or to be given?

    Thank you...

  2. @Anon - Thanks for the comment. Yes, it's been a real personal challenge. I believe the "positive thinking crowd" calls it character development.

    The post on Painless Suicide has taken on a life all its own. The feedback has been that I've been able to turn people away from the edge of death. That is payment enough for what I do. Sure, money would make my life great. But how do you top saving a life?

    You don't.

  3. God is engouh for you.
    Ask God to help you?
    God works in many ways.

    11 yr Old Went to Heaven and Back, and Tells What He Saw!

  4. Thanks for the comment... I love the words and the videos.

    God has been coming through very well for me. And I hope he/she does for you, too.


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