The “Pledge”

Last year the big story for Trump-ites was the “Taking A Knee”….they are worked up over the disrespect it shows the country…well I disagree but that is not why I am writing….

In the past there has been a Right wing thing about the Pledge of Allegiance but what I find interesting is the at the Right gets worked up with any knowledge about what it is that has them frothing at the mouth….

And yes this is one of my history lessons that so many have come to appreciate or dread depending on your temperament…..

The Pledge……..

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

In its original form it read:

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added. At this time it read:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy’s daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:

“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.”

The original Bellamy salute, first described in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who authored the original Pledge, began with a military salute, and after reciting the words “to the flag,” the arm was extended toward the flag.

At a signal from the Principal the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag. Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute — right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it. Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” At the words, “to my Flag,” the right hand is extended gracefully, palm upward, toward the Flag, and remains in this gesture till the end of the affirmation; whereupon all hands immediately drop to the side.

The Youth’s Companion, 1892

Shortly thereafter, the pledge was begun with the right hand over the heart, and after reciting “to the Flag,” the arm was extended toward the Flag, palm-down.

In World War II, the salute too much resembled the Nazi salute, so it was changed to keep the right hand over the heart throughout.

There is so much about the Pledge that too many Americans have NO idea….but they demand that it be recited

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10 thoughts on “The “Pledge”

  1. “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
    They must have a hard time keeping a straight face when they say that line.
    I’m not a fan of ‘pledges’. They have no real place in a libertarian society where people have supposed ‘freedoms’.
    As well as that, when they are constantly broken by the government sworn to enforce them, it does all seem rather pointless.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. THose words are a joke with the dummy we have in the White House…..if I remember right I believe Nazi soldiers had to take a pledge……so I agree with you about these so-called pledges….chuq

      1. The German soldiers had to take the ‘Hitler Oath’. Here it is.
        “I swear to God this sacred oath that to the Leader of the German Empire and people, Adolf Hitler, supreme commander of the armed forces, I shall render unconditional obedience and that as a brave soldier I shall at all times be prepared to give my life for this oath.”

  2. I believe that to take a pledge you should believe in what you are pledging to. I have never believed that the pledge of allegiance had anything to do with me or my ancestors. I remember as a child that fucken amerikkkan flag was ever present in the Los Angeles Black Panther Party Headquarters (BPP) or the Brown Berets Headquarters in East L.A..

      1. I did since my children and grandchildren all were all together for the holidays so i cant be happier. Hope you enjoyed the holiday and had a great new year. Panther love

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