A little over a month ago I became a huge fan of Neal McCoy. Before then, I had no idea who he was. Not a clue. I didn’t know he was the Entertainer of the Year, 1998 & 1999 at the TNN/Music City News Country Awards. I couldn’t tell you that he won Video of the Year for his song “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” at the 1997 TNN/Music City News County Awards. Who knew he won the ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award in 2005? I sure didn’t. Until about a month ago I had no idea he had 3 platinum albums and 1 Gold Album for his country music. I don’t listen to country music and I avoid entertainment news so why would I know of Neal McCoy’s existence?
A few months ago my sister started posting a video daily on Facebook. Everyday it was the same man but everyday it was a different video. For a variety of reasons, I scrolled right by until one-day curiosity got the best of me and I clicked. The video was Neal McCoy saying the Pledge of Allegiance. He wished everyone a good day and encouraged us to say it with him and to share the video. Every morning he takes a few minutes out of his day and films himself saying the pledge. It doesn’t matter where he is…on vacation, on tour or in his back yard of his home in Longview, Texas.
Mr. McCoy has the right idea. He is not afraid to show his love for this country. I turn on social media, watch the news or read through the paper and I see negativity about what is going on in the United States. I don’t even want to count how many times I have seen “If (fill in the blank) gets elected, I am leaving the country!” Leave. Let me help you pack your bags NOW because with that attitude….I don’t want you in MY country! The grass is not always greener on the other side my friend; they just use a different type of fertilizer. From the beginning of this country there have been citizens that have not liked our leaders. Never once has every citizen has been happy with the way the country is running. From the beginning, citizens have been afraid of where and how this country is advancing. Change is scary.
From time to time, Mr. McCoy questions why the Pledge of Allegiance isn’t said everyday in school like it was in the past. Are we afraid that we are going to offend someone? Why are we afraid we are going to offend our out-of-country visitors? By saying the Pledge of Allegiance, are we not showing these visitors something good? Is it bad that we are showing allegiance to this great country? No. It’s not.
So every morning, I say the Pledge of Allegiance with Neal McCoy. As requested, I share it on my Facebook page. I have started looking forward to saying it every morning. It reminds me of the men and women that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country and those that continue to do so. It reminds me of the Constitution and what our forefathers wanted when they built this country. It reminds me that no matter which politicians are leading this country, it is God that is truly in control. It reminds me that the government owes me nothing, and it is I who needs to be the change in the government I want to see. It reminds me that I am lucky to live in a country in which I can write an essay such as this without fear of persecution. It reminds me that I live in the greatest nation in the world.
So in closing, I set forth a challenge to you. Every day, place your hand over your heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance. Before you make snide comments about the election or our government on social media, say the Pledge of Allegiance. Before you talk about the election or this country in disgrace, say the Pledge of Allegiance.
In the great words of Neal McCoy, “Say it with me folks and lets keep this thing going….”
“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.”