Sounds anti-American, doesn’t it? How could I possibly advocate to stop saying one of the most patriotic cornerstones of American culture? The reason this sounds counter-intuitive is because the pledge was designed and worded very carefully to invoke feelings of extreme patriotism while seducing you into blind obedience and subservience to the state. It is astounding just how well this worked because your head is about to explode while screaming “Blasphemy!” right about now, isn’t it? Before you lose your mind let me start by asking you some questions.
Do you actually know the history of the pledge of allegiance?
Do you know the actual intent of the pledge of allegiance?
Do you believe in the United States as the founding fathers created it or do you believe in the current version of it?
Do you believe that socialism was what the founding fathers intended when they created the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and founding the United States?
What is it exactly that you are celebrating every year on July 4th?
Would it surprise you to know that it was a socialist who wrote the pledge of allegiance? His name was Francis Bellamy. He did so because he detested the Jeffersonian ideas of limited government ensconced in our founding principles. His reasons for writing the pledge were based on incorrect assumptions on the notion that the founding fathers created “one nation indivisible”. His incorrect assumption was further reinforced by the writings and actions of Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Webster who Bellamy was influenced by, both of whom got it wrong as well.
Bellamy was a Christian Socialist who preached for the socialist idea of equal distribution of economic resources and against the evils of capitalism from his Boston church pulpit. In 1891 he was forced from that church for doing this. Bellamy worked his entire life to further the socialist agenda in America. He led at least three movement groups with strong socialist leanings or outright socialist agendas. He was the founding vice president of The Society of Christian Socialists and wrote for their newspaper, the Dawn, regularly.That newspaper was run by Edward Bellamy and Frances Willard. Edward Bellamy was Francis’ cousin and the most famous socialist of the time. On top of all that Francis Bellamy was an elitist and a racist. Here are his own words on immigration and universal suffrage:
“A democracy like ours cannot afford to throw itself open to the world where every man is a lawmaker, every dull-witted or fanatical immigrant admitted to our citizenship is a bane to the commonwealth.”
“Where all classes of society merge insensibly into one another every alien immigrant of inferior race may bring corruption to the stock. There are races more or less akin to our own whom we may admit freely and get nothing but advantage by the infusion of their wholesome blood. But there are other races, which we cannot assimilate without lowering our racial standard, which we should be as sacred to us as the sanctity of our homes.”
Bellamy wrote the pledge in 1892. It is a testament to just how well Lincoln destroyed the principles laid down by the founding fathers when in 1942 Congress adopted the pledge, without any consideration as to how anti-American the pledge really is. The original salute to the flag while reciting the pledge should give you a good idea as to the blind loyalty to the state that Bellamy hoped to inspire in the people. That salute was exactly the same as the Nazi salute. (See the pictures) The fact that the majority of Americans today, cannot conceive of NOT saying the pledge, shows just how well Bellamy’s movement to indoctrinate the American populace worked.
The founding fathers wrote a “federal” constitution at the Philadelphia convention, not a “national” constitution. They designed the United States to be a federated Union of Sovereign States; where the states and the people are sovereign over the federal government except for the few defined powers enumerated in the constitution. They did not design the United States to be “one nation indivisible”. It is well documented by the founding fathers in numerous letters and writings that the American Union was voluntary. Any state had the right to leave when they felt it was in their best interest. That is the complete opposite of indivisible.
To further understand the distinction I am making here consider the following. When the United States won its independence and was recognized on the world stage, King George did not recognize the United States as “one nation” but as thirteen sovereign nations in a union. Here is the excerpt defining this from article one of The Definitive Treaty of Peace 1783:
“His Brittanic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz., New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and independent states…” (Emphasis at the end is mine)
The founding fathers believed in a separation of powers between the States and the “general” government. Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, that “when government became destructive of” the ends for which it created it was the right of the people to “alter”, “abolish” of “throw off” that government. In other words to “divide” from it. He said this in his first inaugural address.
Had the constitution been proposed to the States on the premise that it created “one nation” that was “indivisible”, not a single State would have ratified it. The entire constitution was premised on the fact that the States retained ultimate sovereignty, that they were the final arbiters of constitutionality, and that they retained the right to “resume all delegated powers” should the new government “become perverted to their injury or oppression”.
The United States was founded on the principles of self-determination, the right to secede from any government that is detrimental to that self-determination, and the freedom and liberty of the people in the individual states to govern themselves as they see fit. The federal government that the founding fathers established was meant to secure and maintain those freedoms and liberties and nothing more. The United States was not founded on the principles of socialism where the state was the final arbiter of all things over the individual. It was founded on principles completely opposite of socialism, that the people are the final arbiter of all things over the government.
We obviously did not fight the cold war and in Vietnam and Korea to further socialism. Do you honestly believe that we send our men and women into harm’s way to fight for socialistic values and principles?
To any Veterans or active duty military reading this. Did you serve, or are you serving, to fight for and defend the values and principles of socialism or the values and principles of The United States that the founding fathers created?
Bellamy’s pledge of allegiance rejects every principle upon which Madison, Hamilton, Jay, Pinckney, Butler, Davie, Iredell, and every other proponent of the constitution sold the new government to the States. Bellamy’s pledge rejects every principle that the United States was founded on. Bellamy was a socialist. His pledge was written from a Socialist view that believes “allegiance” to a central State is “patriotic”. This view is the exact antithesis of the most basic American philosophy of free government and the people and states being sovereign over the federal government. There is nothing “patriotic” about it.
So why do you willingly recite a socialist pledge written and designed to indoctrinate you into believing that the government holds all power over you?
Why do you willingly recite a pledge specifically designed to push socialism onto Americans under the guise of “Patriotism”?
Why are you helping Francis Bellamy achieve his goal of usurping American principles and replacing them with socialist principles?
If you are a true liberty loving and patriotic American, who believes in the United States that the founding fathers created, then you should reject the pledge of allegiance for the anti-American propaganda that it is. Now that you know the origin of, and Bellamy’s intention for, the pledge of allegiance, the most patriotic thing you can do is to stop saying it and encourage others to do the same. If you truly want to “Take back America” or “Restore America” or even “Make America great again”, then I can think of no better place to start then by rejecting the pledge of allegiance for the socialist propaganda that it is.
However, I can understand wanting to pledge to the founding ideals. This is what most people think they are pledging to when they recite the pledge of allegiance. I understand the lure of wanting to be a patriotic American. With that in mind, I have taken the liberty of re-writing the pledge of allegiance to reflect the ideals the founding fathers put forth for all Americans. Specifically, those ideals found in the Declaration of Independence. I call this “The American Pledge”.
“I pledge allegiance to the American ideal of self-determination, and to the inalienable rights for which it stands, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, with opportunity and freedom for all.”
Think about it.
Don’t just take my word for it, here are some links to other material on this very thing. Three great articles, one by Gene Healy at the Cato Institute, one by A.J.Ellis, and one by James Rutledge Roesch at the Abbeville Institute. There is also a six-minute YouTube video.
“Why I Don’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance” by A.J.Ellis
“What’s Conservative about the Pledge of Allegiance?” by Gene Healy at the Cato Institute.
“Bellamy’s Pledge” by James Rutledge Roesch at the Abbeville Institute.