Well, it turns out that it's the Pledge of Allegiance isn't what you think it is. It's Nazi-esque. In fact, what is called the "Bellamy salute" (as seen in the picture) was adopted by the Nazis about 40 years after children all over American were already doing it every day. The U.S. waited nine years after the Nazis took power in Germany before changing it to the hand-over-heart gesture in 1942.
Francis Bellamy is the one that wrote the original Pledge of Allegiance and was a national socialist Baptist minister. The only thing he's remembered for is writing the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892, which was officially adopted by Congress in 1942. The original Pledge reads:
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
"My Flag," was changed to "the Flag of the United States of America," in the 1920s due to the large number foreign-born children in American schools. As you'll notice, the original Pledge also did not include the words "under God," which were added in 1954 to separate ourselves from Soviets.
Bellamy wrote the pledge to simply sell flags. He was chairman of a committee of state superintendents of education in the National Education Association. He was also hired by The Youth's Companion which was a popular children's magazine. He was to write a pledge to be featured as part of a national ad campaign to coincide with the 1892 Chicago World's Fair celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas (which is BS because Columbus never discovered America). The point of the campaign was to instill American nationalism pride in the children and sell flags to public schools through them.
So let's look at the Pledge of Allegiance for a moment.
First, the concept of "pledging allegiance," is antediluvian like a landless serf swearing allegiance to a lord or king up on his throne. The word "allegiance" brings to mind the word "liege," and specifically implies obedience, loyalty, and servitude.
So when you recite the Pledge, you're promising your loyalty to the U.S. government. There's not even a qualifier for that loyalty in the Pledge. There's no "as long as the government remains faithful to the Constitution" or "unless the government becomes tyrannical," just simple blind devotion no matter how bad that same government might
Who should be pledging to who? Us to the government, or the government to us?
Moreover, parts of the pledge are simple fallacies. "One nation, indivisible?" The United States was originally created so that the States would almost be separate countries, the people in which would be free to decide for themselves on any issue or power that wasn't specifically given to the federal government in the Constitution. The federal government was relegated to national defense, representing the States in foreign affairs, and settling disputes between the States themselves. The federal government wasn't even allowed to directly tax citizens like they do now.
The only reason we might be considered "indivisible" is because our government can, has, and will use violent force to keep us compliant to their will.
Is it "justice and liberty for all," or just the really powerful and well-connected? The court system can't even be called a "justice" system. Its only aim is to push plea deals and churn out convictions. That's easier when the accused has no powerful friends and no money.
"And Liberty?" There's a huge difference between liberty and freedom. Freedom is not controlled by an external force whereas liberty is controlled by an external force.
But here's the kicker; Bellamy didn't write the Pledge to celebrate the individualism and anti-authoritarianism from which America was birthed. He wrote it as criticism of those very things. He loathed free markets and individualism. He was a leader in three progressive movements: Christian socialism, expansion of public education and the nationalist movement.
His hope for the Pledge was to create a whole spectacle to cultivate within the children's reverence for and submission to the federal government, and for the children to bring those ideas home. In other words, he believed in using public schools to push an agenda; making boys and girls into ignorant, patriotic little soldiers of democracy; blindly loyal to a government that abuses them daily.