Addicting Info points out something I have mentioned many times over the years with great amusement whenever the Super Patriots start blathering on about the pledge of allegiance: It was written by a socialist. And it was originally accompanied by a Nazi-style salute.
Specifically this concerns the author of the original Pledge of Allegiance and the original salute that was utilized by Americans to show reverence to a national symbol. The author, for those who don’t know, was a man by the name of Francis Bellamy, a Socialist and writer. Hired by the Youth’s Companion (a children’s magazine) Bellamy and one of the other employees became deeply involved in the “schoolhouse flag movement” which sought to distribute flags to every school in the United States. The eventual Pledge has undergone changes throughout the years but one of the most striking is the change that occurred in the method of popularly saluting the flag.
As the Youth’s Companion noted in 1892, the proper etiquette for saluting the flag was as follows—
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.
And yep, it looked just like a Nazi salute:
That’s why when people ask me why I don’t recite the pledge of allegiance — and I don’t, and won’t under any circumstances — I tell them that I refuse to pledge allegiance to Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler and I don’t know why they hate America so much that they would recite a socialist pledge to Nazism. I’m quite disappointed that Glenn Beck has yet to get out his blackboard and explain all of this. As much as he loves to play Six Degrees of Saul Alinsky/Karl Marx/Adolf Hitler, he can’t seem to recognize that connection — probably because he has Lee Greenwood turned up too loud.