First thing's first, the pledge itself:
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.
Now, does anyone know the history of these words? All anyone remembers is that students once recited this pledge at the beginning of every school day and the words "...one nation under God...” The truth of the matter is that the pledge itself should scare any true conservative/libertarian. It was, after all, written by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931) - an ardent socialist. He was a Baptist minister and Christian Socialist. Now, many people would want to dismiss the fact that he was a socialist and simply say he was a Christian. This half-truth has caused much damage over the years.
Well, maybe you've heard of his cousin - Edward Bellamy (1850–1898). He was a socialist utopian novelist in his life. Hm... Then again, you might not have heard of him.
Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance so that American children would recite it, and by doing so, become little National Socialists. Does anyone remember the last time that National Socialists had control of a country? I'll give you a hint: WWII.
Bellamy would later recall that "The time was ripe for a reawakening of simple Americanism and the leaders in the new movement rightly felt that patriotic education should begin in the public schools." "Simple Americanism" can be interpreted as "faith in the Government to do for you what you cannot." This comes from the fact that he was born and raised in New York before the war between the United States and the Confederate States (another blog on that war to come later). At that time, most people living in the US north of the Mason-Dixon Line were of the belief that the legacy of the Founding Fathers was the union itself. That's right. They thought the Government was the legacy of the Founding Fathers. Not our Liberties. That is what Bellamy was raised believing. The "new movement" he spoke of was the Progressive Movement that was gaining traction at the time. We all know who they were and what havoc they wrought - and are still wreaking - upon the country.
Now that I've said a little about the man who wrote it originally, how about we now take a look at the actual wording and what it all means.
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands..."
These words have you swearing fealty to a form of Government by way of the flag of the United States. Think about that for a minute. Why should we pledge allegiance to the Republic? Our Founding Fathers wanted us to be loyal to our states and neighbors, not to the Federal Government. Look at what they did after all. They fought for the freedom of our country from a Government across the Atlantic Ocean! The last thing they wanted was for us to swear fealty to our own Central Government. They put into the Constitution of the United States ways for us, the people, to defend ourselves from our Government should it become tyrannical. This line is, in essence, is trying to get us to go along with whatever the Republic - the Federal Government - wants.
"...one Nation under God..."
These four words are at the heart of much of the debate about the Pledge today. The Pledge was amended to have this phrase in 1954 when Dwight D. Eisenhower was President. This phrase was actually used by a number of religious groups prior to 1954, but when Ike converted to being a Presbyterian he pushed for this phrase to be officially added after a conversation with his pastor. This phrase says, obviously, that we are a single nation under God. However, has anyone ever thought about the fact that a State is a nation? That we are the United States? Many States, separate nations, come together for mutual protection and economy. That we may have a populace free from a tyrannical Government. Today, however, most people have forgotten that the power is supposed to reside within the states. Many of those who claim to remember though often times find themselves seeking the Federal Government to fix what they see as a problem, thus empowering Government that much more.
The United States was never meant to be indivisible. Our Founders wanted states to have every right to leave the Union if they so wished. It is a right protected by the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. The Federal Government, however, has trampled upon this right held by the States. This goes along with the modern day Secessionist Movement. For the Federal Government to say that a State cannot succeed is pure tyranny towards all States. So, to comply with single word in this context is simply to say, "I will always be a slave to Washington, D.C."
"...with liberty and justice for all."
Liberty and Justice should be for all. This phrase however, from my research, points more to post 1840 Social Justice.
A new salute was made to go along with the Pledge of Allegiance. This became known as the Bellamy Salute. The best source for this that I have found is the Wikipedia page about it. Although Wikipedia isn't the most reliable sources for a lot of information, it has more than any other site I have found with regards to the Bellamy Salute. So please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellamy_salute to actually see something more than a little unnerving.
I don't want people to think that I am anti-Pledge of Allegiance - or at least that I was until I finished my research on the matter. The simple fact is that it represents National Socialism. I was shocked when I first found that out. Now that I know this I feel as though I must inform people and try to stem the tide before the next generation falls victim to the villains of the past and those of today.
First thing's first, the pledge itself: