"Do not deprive a kid that loves his country and wants to express this love . . . " What a cretin, you are Salad! A 5 year old has only been speaking real words for 2 years when they enter kindergarten. They don't know what a country is, let alone understand heartfelt love for a geopolitical theory of a defined homeland. Many adults aren't sure what that means, either. Ask any 10 year old what indivisible under God means. The average 9th grader probably doesn't realize or understand what they've been forcibly "reciting" everyday for years on end. And there's a whole lot of people that are asking, "Where's the justice?" or, "Why don't I have the liberty to call my income 'capital gains' ?"
Besides, they haven't been deprived. They've been taking the pledge every day, anyway. So where's the problem?
The problem with this and all the other meaningless crap coming from our legislatiors is the clear indication that these morons are going to waste the next several years doing nothing, addressing nothing, accomplishing nothing, solving nothing. What effort they do expend will be to help themselves with higher salaries, better healthcare, and lifelong benefits. If they have any time left at all, they might spend it pushing Michigan back to the 1950's when men were white and women kept their mouths shut. By then they'll be too tired to help the citizens of Michigan, help the working people, help the middle class. They won't even think about the impoverished, the mentally ill, families falling apart, and homeless children. But as you would say, we probably expect too much from government, anyway.