I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States. I do this voluntarily because I am a patriot who loves his country.
I do not believe as Kesler and Bush do that reciting the pledge under government coercion contributes anything to anyone's patriotism.
On the contrary, the mindless recitation every day of any pledge, prayer or credo, especially by children, is what brainwashing is made of.
Under Stalin, Mao and Hitler government-enforced flag waving was practiced every day and that is why I am an American patriot.