[thechat] More Pledge news

rudy rudy937 at rogers.com
Fri Jun 28 10:47:15 CDT 2002

Oh, and did I mention that for the first fifty years of its use, the Pledge
was recited with the right arm extended straight up and slightly forward,
palm facing out? Sound familiar? Yeah, it got changed in the 40’s, when we
realized that Hitler was also fond of that particular gesture.

Finally, of course, the particular phrase which is causing the controversy -
“under God” - was not part of the pledge until 1954. It was installed then
by Eisenhower in a effort to aid Senator McCarthy and his thugs in rooting
out the godless communists, anarchists, and queers among us.


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