It also led to the historic discovery by Dr. Rex Curry that the phrase
"under God," though not in the original Pledge, was in the original
Pledge program and used by Bellamy in this accompanying article
promoting his totalitarian society of "Christian socialism." http://rexcurry.net/francis%20bellamy.jpg
When Bellamy wrote "liberty and justice for all" he meant the liberty to have government schools impose prayer and Bible reading and worship (which they did), and the justice of Christian Socialism that was Bellamy's dogma. Francis was a leader in the Society of Christian Socialists and that is the dogma that schools brainwashed into children as he advocated the government takeover of all schools.
Bellamy is the only one listed at the end of the Youth's Companion article,
and listed as "Chairman, Executive Committee" of the Superintendants of Education
in charge of the project. Bellamy was "one of [the] editorial staff" (at
the Youth's Companion) and specifically assigned to handle the Pledge and
the program. Bellamy
openly declared that he was in charge of the Pledge program and wrote the material.
When Bellamy said later that his Pledge "....began as an intensive
communing with salient points of our national history, from the Declaration
of Independence onwards; with the makings of the Constitution...with the
meaning of the Civil War; with the aspiration of the people..." he meant
that his Christian Socialism dogma was one of the "salient points of our
national history" and "the aspirations of the people."
All of the above occurred during a time when (and this was known by Bellamy)
government schools imposed particular forms of daily group-prayer and
Bible-reading, soon to be supplemented by Bellamy's proposal for mechanical
chanting to the flag. Francis Bellamy is not known to have ever objected
to such practices. An objection would not have been consistent with his
personal beliefs, and with his general attitude favoring government schools
At that time, government schools also imposed segregation by law and taught
racism as official policy. Francis Bellamy is not known to have objected
to those practices either. http://rexcurry.net/pledge-jesus-the-socialist.html
When RexCurry.net first provided the entire "Pledge of Allegiance Program" on the web at http://rexcurry.net/pledgespeech.html a web search at that time showed that RexCurry.net was the only source on the internet for Bellamy’s scary speech/program. That fact exposes the intellectual dishonesty of the media at that time, in that the media covered the issue of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance as a hot topic due to court litigation, yet the media never discussed the original Pledge program, never researched it, and never provided the program to the public to allow them to view it themselves. That fact exposes the intellectual dishonesty of the media to this day, in that the media continue to cover the issue of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, yet the media will not mention the original Pledge program, will not research it, and never provide the program to the public in articles about "under God" in the pledge.
||Pledge of Allegiance in images &
articles at http://rexcurry.net/book1a1contents-pledge.html
For fascinating information about symbolism see http://rexcurry.net/book1a1contents-swastika.html
Growing media coverage, radio appearances, etc http://rexcurry.net/audio-rex-curry-podcast-radio.html
Fan Mail http://rexcurry.net/pledge_heart.html
"The meaning of the four centuries."
(The first publication of the Pledge of Allegiance preceded the article below in "The Youth's Companion" of September 8, 1892, evidently written by Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance. On the right side of this page are comments upon each paragraph on the left side.)
The original socialist salute for Bellamy's Pledge of Allegiance used a straight-arm salute and it was the origin of the salute adopted 3 decades later by the National Socialist German Workers' Party. http://rexcurry.net/pledge1.html
Bellamy was a self-proclaimed socialist and a member of the "Nationalism"
movement and a vice president of its socialist auxiliary group,
whose members wanted the federal government to nationalize most
of the American economy. Bellamy lived from 1855 to 1931, long enough
to see his salute adopted by the National Socialist German Workers'
Party and many of the same ideas of National Socialism. http://rexcurry.net/pledgetragedy.html
This is the speech ---
The first website to publish Francis Bellamy's "Address for Columbus Day" (1892) entitled "The Meaning of the Four Centuries" which accompanied the first publication of his Pledge of Allegiance to the flag in the "Youth's Companion" magazine was RexCurry.net at
It also led to the historic discovery by Dr. Rex Curry that the
phrase "under God," though not in the original Pledge, was in the
original Pledge program and used by Bellamy in this accompanying
article promoting his totalitarian society of "Christian socialism."
All of the above occurred during a time when (and this was known
by Bellamy) government schools imposed particular forms of daily group-prayer
and Bible-reading, soon to be compounded by Bellamy's mechanical chanting
to the flag. Francis Bellamy is not known to have ever objected
to such practices. An objection would not have been in consistent with
his personal beliefs, and hi general attitude about government schools
Modern support for the Pledge exists only because the media and government schools suppress the true intent behind the Pledge, and Bellamy's speech, and his terrifying ideas. "The Meaning of the Four Centuries" shows that Bellamy viewed the pledge of allegiance and government schools as a way to promote his totalitarian socialism. The Pledge of Allegiance was written so that children would place the imprimatur of nationalism, the U.S. flag, in government schools and pledge allegiance to Bellamy's totalitarian national socialism.
|The spectacle America presents this day is without precedent in history. From ocean to ocean, in city, village, and country-side, the children of the States are marshaled and marching under the banner of the nation : and with them the people are gathering around the schoolhouse. Men are recognizing to-day the most impressive anniversary since Rome celebrated her thousandth year -- the 400th anniversary of the stepping of a hemisphere into the world's life; four completed centuries of a new social order; the celebration of liberty and enlightenment organized into a civilization.||In his Columbus Day address, Bellamy shows the modern use of the word "schoolhouse" as a hackneyed and inaccurate synonym for "government schoolhouse" as Bellamy promotes a socialist monopoly for education. At that time (1892) government was taking over education. In "the children of the States are marshaled and marching" Bellamy foreshadows his desire for government schools to be indoctrination centers for the "Industrial Army" (a Bellamy phrase) explicitly modeled on the military and described in the totalitarian socialist novel Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy, his cousin and cohort. That is also what Bellamy means by the phrase "new social order."|
|And while, during these hours, the Federal government of these United States strikes the keynote of this great American day that gives honor to the common American institution which unites us all, -- we assemble here that we, too, may exalt the free school that embodies the American principle of universal enlightenment and equality : the most characteristic product of the four centuries of American life.||Bellamy uses the absurd modern cliche "free school," implying that government schools are "free," instead of being outrageously expensive compared with the many better alternatives, and hiding the fact that payments are forced via taxation/theft. It explains why so many government-school students are ignoramuses about economics and why they are socialists. He imagines that over-priced socialized schools provide "enlightenment" even though every country that most closely paralleled the totalitarian socialism of Looking Backward was unenlightened (the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 62 million killed; the Peoples' Republic of China, 35 million killed; and the National Socialist German Workers' Party, 21 million killed). (see http://rexcurry.net/socialists.html ).|
| Four hundred years ago this morning
the Pinta's gun broke the silence, and announced the discovery
of this hemisphere.
||Bellamy makes poor efforts to tie in the Columbus Day celebration, which was, of course, the excuse he was given to expound on his totalitarian socialist ideas.|
| It was a virgin world. Human life hitherto
upon it had been without significance. In the Old World for thousands
of years civilized men had been trying experiments in social order.
They had been found wanting. But here was an untouched soil that
lay ready for a new experiment in civilization. All things were
ready. New forces had come to light, full of overturning power
in the Old World. In the New World they were to work together with
a mighty harmony.
||Bellamy shows his contempt for individual liberty with the phrase "experiments in social order." To Bellamy, no one has a right to personal or economic freedom, and everyone is simply part of an "experiment in social order," especially the totalitarian socialist experiment that Bellamy likes in Looking Backward.|
| It was for Columbus, propelled by this
fresh life, to reveal the land where these new forces were to be
given space for development, and where the awaited trial of the new
civilization was to be made.
|| Bellamy makes poor efforts to tie in
the Columbus Day celebration, which was, of course, the excuse
he was given to expound on his totalitarian socialist ideas.
| To-day we reach our most memorable milestone.
We look backward and we look forward.
||The phrase "We look backward and we look forward" is a blatant reference to the totalitarian socialist novel Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy, the cousin of Francis Bellamy. In it, society has become one giant socialist monopoly. Men are treated as military draftees, from the age of twenty-one until the age of forty-five, in society's industrial army (more at http://rexcurry.net/pledge_military.html). Bellamy's glorification of the military includes government assignment of all jobs. Everyone is issued ration cards which are used to draw goods from government storehouses. By force of government, no one may have any more than anyone else. The entire education system is only a government-school system and it creates the industrial army and the entire socialist monopoly system. Edward Bellamy portrayed it as utopia.|
| Backward, we see the first mustering
of modern ideas; their long conflict with Old World theories, which
were also transported hither. We see stalwart men and brave women,
one moment on the shore, then disappearing in dim forests. We hear
the axe. We see the flame of burning cabins and hear the cry of the
savage. We see the never-ceasing wagon trains always toiling westward.
We behold log cabins becoming villages, then cities. We watch the growth
of institutions out of little beginnings -- schools becoming an educational
system; meeting-houses lending into organic
Christianity; town-meetings growing to political movements;
county discussions developing federal
||Bellamy refers to Native-Americans as "savages" because Bellamy was another bigot socialist. As editor of the magazine The Illustrated American, he wrote editorials denouncing southern European immigrants. "A democracy like ours cannot afford to throw itself open to the world," he wrote in 1897. "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." See http://rexcurry.net/pledgebigot.html. He promotes the socialist monopoly educational system using religion.|
| We see hardy men with intense convictions,
grappling, struggling, often amid battle smoke, and some idea
characteristic of the New World always triumphing. We see settlements
knitting together into a tuition with singleness of purpose. We note
the birth of the modern system of industry and commerce, and its striking
forth into undreamed-of wealth, making the millions members one of
another as sentiment could never bind. And under it all, and through
it all, we fasten on certain principles ever operating and regnant -- the
leadership of manhood; equal rights for every soul; universal enlightenment
as the source of progress. These last are the principles that have shaped
America; these principles are the true Americanism.
||Bellamy uses the word "Americanism" for "Nationalism," his totalitarian socialism. Bellamy uses the word "Americanism" to turn it on its head and to avoid ever extolling individual liberty, private trade, and cutting the size and scope of government, as Washington and Jefferson taught. Those libertarian concepts are destroyed in Looking Backward also.|
|"We look forward. We are conscious we are in a period of transition. Ideas in education, in political economy, in social science are undergoing revisions. There is a large uncertainty about the outcome. But faith in the underlying principles of Americanism and in God's destiny for the Republic makes a firm ground of hope. The coming century promises to be more than ever the age of the people; an age that shall develop a greater care for the rights of the weak, and make a more solid provision for the development of each individual by the education that meets his need.|| Here is another reference to the book
There are also more religious references which tie into Bellamy's Society of Christian Socialism and are relevant to modern controversies regarding the 1954 expansion of the Pledge of Allegiance.
|As no prophet among our fathers on the 300th anniversary of America could have pictured what the new century would do, so no man can this day reach out and grasp the hundred years upon which the nation is now entering. On thy victorious results of the completed centuries, the principles of Americanism will build our fifth century. Its material progress is beyond our inception, but we may be sure that in the social relations of men with men, the most triumphant gains are to be expected. America's fourth century has been glorious; America's fifth century must be made happy.|| "...no man can this day reach out and
grasp the hundred years upon which the nation is now entering."
If Bellamy had lived the next hundred years, he could have
"looked backward" at atrocities in those countries that shared his
ideas, including the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (62 million
killed), the Peoples' Republic of China (35 million killed) and the
National Socialist German Workers' Party (21 million killed) (see
The most triumphant gains were from capitalist countries
that somehow managed to not follow Bellamy's path as far as other
less fortunate places.
|One institution more than any other has wrought out the achievements of the past, and is to-day the most trusted for the future. Our fathers in their wisdom knew that the foundations of liberty, fraternity, and equality must be universal education. The free school, therefore, was conceived the corner-stone of the Republic. Washington and Jefferson recognized that the education of citizens is not the prerogative of church or of other private interest; that while religious training belongs to the church, and while technical and higher culture may be given by private institutions -- the training of citizens in the common knowledge and the common duties of citizenship belongs irrevocably to the State.|| The government schools about which Bellamy
speaks were racist and imposed segregation by law, and did so into
the 1970's, arguably beyond; see http://rexcurry.net/stopthepledge4.html.
It was a view later shared by the National Socialist German Workers'
Party and they adopted a similar salute. An eye-popping
photo of a segregated class performing the straight-arm salute is
Bellamy perverts the U.S. idea of equality before the law, and turns it into the monstrous idea of government making everyone the same (see http://rexcurry.net/equality.html) as in the totalitarian socialist novel Looking Backward. The perversion of "equality" is why socialists support government schools in their efforts to force sameness, and to make everyone equal in an "industrial army."
Bellamy is also another socialist bigot in his absurd calls for "equality" because he hates the fact that every individual is different and he wants to use government (and government schools) to force everyone to be the same. http://rexcurry.net/equality.html
|We, therefore, on this anniversary of America present the Public School as the noblest expression of the principle of enlightenment which Columbus grasped by faith. We uplift the system of free and universal education as the master-force which, under God has been informing each of our generations with the peculiar truths of Americanism. America, therefore, gathers her sons around the schoolhouse to-day as the institution closest to the people, most characteristic of the people and fullest of hope for the people.||This section led to the historic discovery
by RexCurry.net that the phrase "under God," though not in the
original Pledge, was used by Bellamy in this accompanying article
promoting his totalitarian society of "Christian socialism."
Bellamy repeats the misnomer "Public School" instead of "Government School" and repeats the absurd cliche that government schools are "free," and he does so in order to hide the fact that government schools are paid for with taxes that people are forced to pay whether they want to or not. On the contrary, all of the better alternatives to government schools are examples of true "public schools" that people voluntarily pay for and support, and that engage in true altruism for the needy, even providing educations that are truly "free" unlike government schools. Bellamy and socialists like him never operate their own "public schools" that are "free" because they use the terms as lies to trick people into supporting expensive government schools that are paid for with force.
|To-day America's fifth century begins. The world's twentieth century will soon be here. To the 13,000,000 now in the American schools the command of the coming years belongs. We, the youth of America, who to-day unite to march as one army under the sacred flag, understand our duty. We pledge ourselves that the flag shall not be stained; and that America shall mean equal opportunity and justice for every citizen, and brotherhood for the world.|| Bellamy's speech concludes with "We march
as one army," another terrifying reference to the totalitarian
socialist novel Looking Backward and Francis
Bellamy's "Industrial Army" dutifully marching out of government
schools. It explains why the original pledge of allegiance had a
salute that began with a military salute (that extended during the pledge
to a straight-arm salute) in keeping with the "Industrial Army" and the
military-socialist complex. See http://rexcurry.net/pledge_military.html.
Compare Bellamy's bloviating to those he inspired later in the National Socialist German Workers' Party. http://rexcurry.net/filmrev-triumph-of-the-will.html