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But we already have a Pledge of Allegiance written by a socialist

So, Kotaku enjoyed one of the easter eggs in Homefront:

Ah, the memories…

What came to mind as I watched that easter egg is that the real US Pledge of Allegiance was, in fact, written by a socialist:

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931), who was a Baptist minister, a Christian socialist, and the cousin of socialist utopian novelist Edward Bellamy (1850–1898). Bellamy “viewed his Pledge as an ‘inoculation’ that would protect immigrants and native-born but insufficiently patriotic Americans from the ‘virus’ of radicalism and subversion.” The original “Pledge of Allegiance” was published in the September 8 issue of the popular children’s magazine The Youth’s Companion as part of the National Public-School Celebration of Columbus Day, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. The event was conceived and promoted by James B. Upham, a marketer for the magazine, as a campaign to instill the idea of American nationalism by selling flags to public schools and magazines to students.
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The Pledge was supposed to be quick and to the point. Bellamy designed it to be recited in 15 seconds. As a socialist, he had initially also considered using the words equality and fraternity but decided against it – knowing that the state superintendents of education on his committee were against equality for women and African Americans.

Also interesting is the original flag salute that went with the pledge. Nowadays, we just put our hand over our heart, but the original Bellamy salute was a bit more, ahem, evocative:

The Bethany salute was abandoned after the United States entered World War II… for obvious reasons.

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  • bumfromkorea

    I really, really want to watch that show (Amerika), even though I’ve been told by several people that it was really, really crappy.

    Does anyone know where I can get a copy?

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler
  • wjk, 검은 머리 외국인

    this is cowardice by the game company, Robert. Call it out. This game was originally geared to have the People’s Republic of China (responsible for fighting in the Korean War and supplying in the Vietnam War, either way fought 2 proxy wars against the USA) as the main adversary and for commercial and political reasons they opted to replace it conveniently with the North Korean Kim Kingdom.

    cowardice.

    and the overall message is discriminatory to the primitive fear of the other people, in this case the East Asians.

    even a rockhead can see North Korea doesn’t have the capability to win such a war. Only China does and the USA needs to guard its military secrets especially against China and send them a bill for the copied ones instead of charging individual scientists.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    The “Bethany salute” and the Hitler salute are originally from Roman Empire times, where they would use the exact same gesture to “hail” the emperor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_salute

    Movies and plays use to have the Roman salute until the Nazis made it rather evil looking. The Nazis also made a rather innocuous symbol evil looking as well, the once innocent swastika.

  • http://cheotokento.wordpress.com Cheoto カンチョ

    If Kim JongEun was smart enough – he would take notice of the game – study its strategy and follow (perform) the things he is supposed to perform in the timeline:

    (2012: Kim Jong-Il dies and is succeeded by his son Kim Jong-un.
    2013: Kim Jong-un is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and featured on the cover of Time Magazine for his accomplishment of Korean reunification.)

    however, although he has had a world class education, just looking at his fat face and pig body – makes me think his IQ ain’t high enough to accomplish it.

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