The pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist by the name of Francis Bellamy in 1892. The original gesture to be made was a Hail Hitler like salute (it’s actually where Hitler and Mussolini got it) – and this is why we now use the hand over the heart instead. The best part is that it all began as a sales campaign to help sell magazine subscriptions – selling flags to schools to increase visibility. The pledge was later added to aid in the process, and has been in place since. The original pledge was “”I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all“”
It has children pledging allegiance to an entity they know nothing about making it the most powerful indoctrination tool ever devised in our nation. Following this – children learn summed up history of our nations founding, and little more from there on in. This does them a great dishonor because the only thing they have to correlate this bit of knowledge to, is the world as it is today. Given the lack of in-depth knowledge covering the creation of the US, and how it came about, this makes such times and events appear as meaningless in today’s world.
First of all, republics are not by nature unified nations – that comes later when a Republic decides to expand its interest to become an Empire – something many of the founders including Jefferson stood very much against. In fact we did not even have a truly unified nation until the end of the civil war. However up to that point, our nation committed many acts in complete disregard to the intent of the original revolution. We gained expansion by War – war is economically damaging (unless your a Keynes sympathizer – in which case there is nothing i can do for you), politically chaotic, and socially damaging. Those who believed that a limited republic was as far as the new nation should go knew this all to well having seen it throughout history over and over again.
Second, by teaching the kids that we are a united country in spite of the fact that is not what were trying to be when we broke from England, it teaches them that centralization is a good thing. This wrong is only eclipsed by the fact that they are pledging allegiance to it. Funny how when religious sects do this they are called cults, yet when government does it, it is called law.
Finally, children are taught that the law is the law, and they must obey it. At such a young age, they have little knowledge or experience to tell them whether it is a just reasonable law or not.So it comes about that indoctrination begins when children say a pledge to something when they are still learning how to read and write properly. I am truly sad that so many people see this as correct and justifiable. That’s like forcing someone to swear an oath, telling them that it is for a good cause, and yet enacting a myriad of evils paid for by their labor and never being honest with them about it. Come to think of it – that’s precisely what it is.
Indoctrination – to instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments; to imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle. By very definition, our children are indoctrinated before they are taught anything.
It is sad and utterly pathetic that we employ such nonsense on our children. Bastiat and Jefferson alike warned of this, and yet modern society in all its wisdom continues to ignore such warnings. They never tell the kids about them – and blithely continue on to inflict one social evil upon another in the name of their more ‘enlightened’ teachings. As a result, many people haven’t the faintest clue on why the economy is getting hammered, why we have ongoing wars in nearly every corner of the globe, and why poverty at home continues to rise with the price of everyday goods. In addition it is almost impossible to argue such points, for the masses have been indoctrinated since they learned to read, and can’t bear the idea that there is more out there then what they are told. Indeed, many argue that the old antiquated ideas of those like Spooner, Jefferson, or Bastiat are just that, and that the new way is far more enlightened and rosy.
It is things like this that have caused our empires creation. It is also because of things like this, that its collapse is ensured.