The Pledge is just a set of ideas.
They can be twisted, undermined, used for thought control.
Heh, heh, heh. But, being that it is just ideas, you can steal it back.
Its just a matter of educating your son to really understandit.
Too bad for the thought-controllers, if any,if they forgot to define which republic they meant--the one guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, or some socialist construct.
The ideas of good citizenship taught in Scouting can always be corrupted, just like any other good idea. But since it is just an idea, it is easy to uncorrupt it. This is why nasty suppressive government always seizes control of the press and media. Because its too easy to uncorrupt their ideas.
We can easily redefine the Pledge to embody all that is good, virtuous, and right about this great country no matter what anybody tries to do with it.
Spend some time with your son on the various points in the Pledge. Also, comedian Red Skelton did a video piece on it. Its available on the web.