If you read this aloud with pauses at the comma’s with or without patriotic ferver there remains a palpable difference in the meaning of the words than recited with the rote improper pauses which I believe dissociates the speaker from the “pledge”.
But not being a man of strong opinion….or many….. 🙂
US Code TITLE 4 > CHAPTER 1 > § 4Prev | Next § 4. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: “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,” should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.