Why The Pledge of Allegiance Should Be Removed From the Schools

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.


Pledge of Allegiance - Bellamy Salute

Pledge of Allegiance – Bellamy Salute

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16 Responses to Why The Pledge of Allegiance Should Be Removed From the Schools

  1. Hillsky July 6, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    If you don’t love this country Please Leave we don’t need your nonsense. I’m sure you can find happiness in a country that doesn’t allow freedom of speech and freedom of religion including no religion if you choose. Personally the Pledge of Allegiance, is a reminder that we all live here together and if we are to survive as a country with indivisible rights, with liberty and justice for all, We need to cooperate and work together so tyranny does not destroy what we have. We do not need to lessen our awareness that our fathers and grandfathers fought for our freedom and rights and we should never surrender them.

    • David Shirk July 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

      Hillsky,, will respond more in depth later on tonight, but for now, will suffice to say that Jefferson held a great amount of contempt for plattitudes such as u have just voiced…

      • Gina November 13, 2015 at 9:48 am #

        Patriotism is not a “platitude” — but, since you have called it that, it does show us that you are a demented Liberal who is making every effort to destroy our country by posting such socialist cliches, (Ref. using the word “platitude”)

    • openeyed American August 29, 2012 at 1:38 am #

      Hillsky–we are sure you mean well but you sound angry, and quite frankly totally manipulated into believing the media myths we the American people have been programmed with for years…..centuries actually. Nobody ever really quite “fought for our freedom”…and certainly if this was true in past it is a highly unsustainable belief today. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance has absolutely nothing to do with “love of country”, and in fact those of us that see a clear reason to take it out of schools are pro-American in that we see how untrue the words are today We cannot have our next generation recite outdated lies or hold a blind faith to unsustainable self-destructive wars They are being brought up with the truth, not with the emotional and social issues and as closed minded baby boomers were brought up with. It is a global world, time to teach more global perspective and true American history, of which cannot be learned from a history book. For instance, Pearl Harbor and 9/11 were not “sneak attacks” from the outside, both had internal manipulation/plotting to fuel spurious wars. History repeats, and we cannot keep bringing our nation down by sustaining these myths. Like an individual, we need to learn from our mistakes, move on, not recite a blind allegiance to a flag….which was deemed “American” back in 1892. It’s outdated period

    • Rayray November 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

      Indivisible rights?

      I think maybe you need to read the pledge.

  2. Colleen July 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    I found this really interesting. I enjoyed it and find it to be absolutely okay to write about something like this and I couldn’t agree anymore. Excuse me, “Hillsky”, but I don’t think this meant any harm to the country, but only to the silly things we do to honor our country. It is as if we are little nazi’s when we pledge and not honorable americans because from a very young age we are forced to say the pledge or else. Not everyone should have to pledge and to be quite honest many don’t anymore. I would pledge for our soldiers any day without the ridiculous pledge we were/are forced to say in school. The “under God” part in it should be taken out immediately. I thought this country made everyone equal. HA. That will forever be a lie. Yes, this country is by far one of the best in the world and I am proud to live here, but I would move if I had the money. You are so blinded by the great things of this country that you seem to be in denial of the the evil things this country does right under your nose that is more or likely sut as much or more than the good. So please, keep your neo-american pride to yourself unless you become open-minded and not so biased.

  3. David Shirk July 7, 2011 at 4:47 am #

    I have written a follow up article to address this – posting it now.

  4. clayton Nye December 1, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    We all need a code or policy to live by.
    If we believe in nothing then we are nothing. It does not have to be God. But concepts justice, honor, loyalty and compassion without these things we are only animals
    with abstracted reasoning. God give us some one to answer to for our failings. Our biggest problem today
    Is not Gods word but the people who say they speak for Him? They say all kinds of stuff without the love or understanding that is key to any kind of leadership.
    You can’t make people do the right things they must choose it. What we must do is to set the example.
    The man I choose to follow was called Jesus.

  5. David Shirk December 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    @Clayton – “We all need a code or policy to live by.” – I see – and you know what code is best for everyone to unite behind is that it?
    “But concepts justice, honor, loyalty and compassion without these things we are only animals with abstracted reasoning.” – This article never stated otherwise – it merely pointed out how a blind belief in fictional history is just as detrimental as outright lies.
    “God give us some one to answer to for our failings. Our biggest problem today Is not Gods word but the people who say they speak for Him?” Not sure what you meant here and how it ties in with the article.

    “They say all kinds of stuff without the love or understanding that is key to any kind of leadership.” Once again you lost me….

    “You can’t make people do the right things they must choose it. What we must do is to set the example.” – Agreed 100%.

    “The man I choose to follow was called Jesus.” As do I…however I do not see how this ties into the article.


  6. charlie hazlett January 29, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Oh, wow, Hillsky, just as expected……say something critical about the government and it is time to “get out or shut up”.

    If you want a country that tells you how to live each and every moment of your life perhaps there is another place on the earth you could care to go ???

    I am not suggesting that, we need dissenting opinions, too bad you do not agree.

  7. Kitramos October 1, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    at first when I heard schools where taking it out I was quite upset, but after reading your post, you make a few good points. but then if we are really to say that the indoctrination of the students by having to repeat the pledge is bad. then I think we should be even more upset by the teaching of how the universe began in the schools. to me this is an even greater example of indoctrination then the pledge is, as with the pledge they only have to say it once while everyone else is and really don’t gotta put much if any thought into it. with the part of the class where they tech evolution is how mankind came to be is something they are exposed to for much longer during the day, often given homework on, and then given exams to make sure that they’ve learned it and had to think a lot about what has been said in class. All this and it’s still only a Theory, not a proven fact. Even it if was, what Use is the information? can we use it to make new medicines, or recreate body parts, or build a new kind or robot or make a faster computer or conserve resources better.or anything practical? nope, the only thing knowing how we got here helps with are questions like “where did we come from?” “what is the proper way to live a good life?” “why am I here?” these questions are matters of philosophy and religion and by the very same argument you use to say the pledge is bad as it points at a religion this does too just a different one. so teaching only one of the theory’s or possibly any of the theory’s about how the universe began is way worse of an indoctrination of our kids then the short little blurb they have to say about a republic under god that they don’t have to put a 2nd though into if they don’t want to.

  8. Stephanie August 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I opened this article and thought maybe it had a point. Nope. It actually just made me think that the pledge of allegiance should STILL be in schools. The whole point of the pledge is to say “I AM FOR THIS COUNTRY. I SUPPORT THIS COUNTRY. WE LIVE IN A FREE COUNTRY.” I pledge allegiance to the flag is symbolic! The flag stands for freedom! and to the republic for which it stands, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL! You don’t agree that the U.S should come together to fight and support our freedom and the right for liberty and justice? You think that our nation shouldn’t be indivisible? You think it should be torn apart? I don’t understand why the person who wrote the pledge defines the meaning of the pledge. If he’s not mentioned in the pledge then I don’t give a crap. When multiple people listen to one song, they can all say that they get something different out of it. Maybe the creator of the pledge saw something else when he wrote it, but we saw something different. The important thing is that we see the Pledge as saying that we support the Freedom that this country stands on. If you don’t believe it, then why do you live here?

  9. Phil November 8, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

    You make a lot of good points. Each of them is individually worthy of discussion and action on your part to fix them. But, they ignore the good by being mired in only one side of the discussion. I’d suggest you visit some places NOT in the USA. Try pretty much any country with the word ‘stan at the end of it.

    Yep that’s the ticket. Perspective. It tends to balance things.

  10. Teressa November 13, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Hitler was born in 1889. Therefore he would have been three when the Pledge of Allegiance was written. So knowing that, that puts this argument to rest. He was not furor at 3, so I’m not buying that this song was written to hail him.

  11. Jennifer March 19, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    Who are the idiots that write this crap. Stop trying to change stuff. If you dont like it be our guest and move out of our country. The plege is fine. Our kids are suffering from the idiots eho took the bible out of everything. Go away. One nation under god should always stand.

  12. David Shirk June 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    “Who are the idiots that write this crap. Stop trying to change stuff. If you dont like it be our guest and move out of our country. The plege is fine. Our kids are suffering from the idiots eho took the bible out of everything. Go away. One nation under god should always stand.”

    One nation under God was not in the original pledge of allegiance – get over it already…if ever there was a time when this nation was Godly (I have found no evidence of this), it has long since passed leaving clichés like you free to voice your gross and utter ignorance. You want the Bible in everything? Lady, if the biblical standard was applied to modern day, it would not be a pretty picture – and people like you would be on the ‘short’ list. I will never presume to think for God, but I highly doubt he would find your ignorant, arrogant, pride pleasing in any way shape or form….think about it.

    What is a plege?

    No, our kids are suffering idiots like you who think they know it all, and rather than find out truth – pursue lies. Even worse, if someone does not believe in your lies like you do, you tell them to leave. You say the lack of the bible is the problem – yet you not only present false witness, but are way too proud in your ignorance. Remove the plank from your own eye comes to mind…..
    PS – It is people like you who give Christianity a bad name. Seriously, please stop and examine yourself before writing such things.

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