If America is a great nation, and if the truths of its ideas and institutions are self-evidently obvious, then why the need for daily expressions of allegiance? The Pledge ritual seems better suited to an insecure nation worried about change and fearful of commitment of its young people and its newcomers. Backers of the Pledge are often cast as true patriots, but it is arguably those who would dispense with a daily Pledge who are the ones who harbor the greatest faith in the enduring power and strength of American institutions and American ideas.
from "To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance" by Richard Ellis. Emphasis mine.
[This book was the winner of the Langum Prize in Legal History 2005 btw]
Please read into the Congressional Record. And enjoy the boxers.