Pledge of allegiance
I recently wrote a letter posted here, questioning whether or not it is appropriate to use the word “indivisible” in the pledge of allegiance to the United States flag, at our Sons of Confederate Veterans meetings.
I am sure, that most of you know, that the pledge was written by Francis Bellamy a communist/socialist, you will read below his true intentions in writing the pledge. It appears, that his intention was more indoctrination, propaganda, than patriotic
This is not, intended to create controversy, but, to examine how we got to where we are.
Once again, the question. If we meet to honor our Confederate ancestors and the principles they fought for (secession) can we use the word “indivisible“ without being hypocritical?
The wording which Bellamy used in the writing of his pledge was intended to weld together the mentality of all Americans in their allegiance to a centralized federal government. The word "allegiance" was taken from Lincoln’s "Oath of Allegiance" for rebellious Southerners. The word "indivisible" was in opposition to the concept of secession which resulted in the War for Southern Independence of 1861-1865. Both ideas were intended as propaganda tools for altering the minds of school children nationwide, and especially those of the South. Bellamy’s idea of "liberty and justice for all" found in the 14th, 15th and 16th amendments were really substitute words that he felt forced to use instead of his desired slogan of the French Revolution, which was, "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity."
Deo Vindice
Ray Harris