The Real Meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance

Posted on September 24, 2013. Filed under: Government, History | Tags: |

English: American students pledging to the fla...

English: American students pledging to the flag in a former form of the salute, specifically the Bellamy salute . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I see a lot of political posts floating around Facebook, because my friends post a lot of political stuff.

One of the things that I see a lot of is people saying we should repost the Pledge of Allegiance, either to “annoy a liberal”, to get back at NBC, or to show that they think “God, our country and our flag deserve respect”.

On another website, I saw that it said that we need to stop pledging allegiance to our government.

I’m an American. I love my country, and there is an American flag on the exterior of my home.

However, as an American, I pledge allegiance to no one. I do not pledge allegiance to any man, flag, or government.

I pledge allegiance to my wife, because if I didn’t, she would kill me.

The Pledge of Allegiance has been around since its inception in 1892. Prior to that, no such pledge existed. As a nation, we survived more than 100 years without having to recite such a pledge. Over the years, the pledge has undergone a series of changes, the last of which was the addition of “under God” in 1954.

The reasoning for the creation of the pledge was because patriotism was at a low point in the 1890’s, and by introducing the pledge into the classroom, it would be the start of a “patriotic education” for the children.

What most people don’t know, is that the pledge was written by Francis Bellamy, a socialist. Take a look at the salute in the picture. Bellamy was dead before the Nazis took power in Germany, but isn’t that image frightening?

So, what do all of you American anti-socialism patriots think of that?

The reality is that the pledge became part of the daily school routine. I said it as a kid, but never really understood what I was doing or what it meant. Now that I’m older, I do know what it means, and that subjecting children to it every day amounts to indoctrination, especially since the Federal government controls our children’s education.

The great irony of the pledge is that the American Revolution, the war that won our independence from England, was a war that burned away our allegiances. Those who maintained their allegiance to Britain were driven from the country.

The American Civil War saw the south dissolve their allegiances, thinking that the states should have more power than the Federal government to decide what was right for them. I’m not trying to justify slavery. There is no justification for the institution, but most who fought for the south during the war did not own slaves. They fought because they felt they were defending their homes against an aggressor in the Federal government. It was Abraham Lincoln who first acted upon the concept of Nation, rather than a confederacy of sovereign states. The concept of an all powerful Federal government has grown from there.

During reconstruction, all southerners who had fought for the Confederacy were required to swear loyalty oaths in order to be pardoned. Those who would not were barred from government positions.

The words of the pledge sound like something you would hear in another country, in another time; swearing fealty to the King or government.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation…..

Is that not an oath of fealty to the government? Like I said, I swear no oaths of fealty to the government, and I mean it when I say that the government can kiss my backside. Unfortunately, the flag has come to represent the country less and less, and the government more and more.

The fact of the matter is that if we should be loyal to anything, it should be the state in which we live (not the state government, but to the state itself).

Robert E. Lee was a Colonel in the Federal army at the outbreak of the Civil War. The Federal government wanted him to stay, but he said he could not fight against Virginia, his native state. We have fewer people today who can claim where they live as their native state. I can do so for Oregon, as can many of my friends, but my wife, and in some cases, my friends’ wives cannot claim Oregon as their native state. But it is their home state, and that in itself is enough to claim loyalty to the state (again, the state itself, not the government).

That’s where we are today. Those who pledge to support the Constitution (I am one of them), and those who pledge to support the government. It is the Patriots against the Tories all over again. Almost 240 years after the American Revolution began, we are right back where we started.

Just look at the words. We are to pledge our allegiances not just to the flag, but to the government, to the nation, instead of to the state where we live.

Before tossing out something about the Pledge of Allegiance, take a moment and ask yourself, “what does it really mean?”

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