015: The Pledge of Allegiance Depends on What the Meaning of Should Should Be

Overview

From the Korea whose last dictator left office when Wayne was three and from the state that has its own pledge of allegiance and it’s a country song, this is MēMē Call. In this episode, Paul and Wayne look at the Pledge of Allegiance. How did it come about, and how did it change? Why are some people so passionate about persuading others to recite it? Also, they go through the Pledge piece by piece and contemplate the underlying meaning of each line.

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ChitChat (02:00)

Paul makes an attempt get more sunshine, and Wayne teases the new LingoRex Media project called “Subverse”. Then, Wayne tries to cheer up Paul with a joke.

The Pledge of Allegiance (05:23)

Most people who are written into mythology just turn into ashes when they’re zapped by lightening.  That’s reality.

Pledge of Allegiance ZAP!

The child, as children usually are, appears to be obliviously ignorant to the social repercussions that accompany a refusal to stand for or to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

The teacher is well aware of the dark forces looming nearby, and despite her pleading, the child receives her judgment and sentence.

It’s capital punishment from Flag Thor.

You know I have problems with the Pledge.

In 1892 Francis Bellamy, the circulation manager of a magazine called “The Youth’s Companion,” published an little ode to nationalism.

It was for kids to recite on “We’re here to introduce all of you Caribbean people to indentured servitude and mass murder” Day.

I don’t recognize your bullshit holiday.

The Bellamy Salute

Bellamy decided to make leaflets with his little tool of indoctrination and had them sent to public schools across the country.

 Bellamy Salute

Bellamy also introduced the “flag salute” to accompany the Pledge – an outstretched right arm. 

Most of these people are making a knife hand. (Shout out to the USMC!)

Help! Help! I’m being repressed!

For some reason, this salute just disappeared as Italian Fascist and German Nazis grew their power in Europe.

In 1892, over 12 million kids said the Pledge of Allegiance.

It’s a pretty good magic trick.

Bellamy’s pledge was: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”

The initial change was made at the first National Flag Conference in 1923, and  “my flag” became “the Flag of the United States”.

It’s pretty typical of how American history is annotated.

It was dinner, cards and secret naughty flag parties.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recognized by Congress in 1942.

It only took a year for SCOTUS to rule that kids couldn’t be forced to recite the Pledge at school.

We have no gun violence in this country.

Today, only about half of the states have laws that recommend kids recite the Pledge at school. Isn’t there a significant change you’re missing?

Let’s break this bitch apart. 

“I pledge allegiance…”

 Burger Tyrrany

Why is the purple guy the black man?

Burger King is flavored by disobedient children.

The definition of allegiance.

Bondage is right out.

There is an implied choice.

U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 4

It clearly says, “Should.”

If you’re in the military, you’re going to do these things.

“To the flag of the United States of America…”

I pledge allegiance to your clothes.

I hate those fuckers.

I have a list:

1 – We traced the use of flags all the way back to when tribes used specific colors and designs on their shields to identify their factions.

2 – We don’t really know the origin of the US flag. The best guess is that New Jersey Congressman Francis Hopkinson designed it and and Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross sewed it.

C – The shape and design changed man times since its inception and implementation.

D – The list of places flying the flag 24 hours a day I found does not include the moon.

E – The flag inspired the National Anthem of the United States.

The National Anthem is a racist song.

F – The flag represents our successes and our achievements. It also represents our failures and our mistakes.

The flag is actually controversial.

VII – The flag means something different to each person who sees it, and no one should be forced to perceive its meaning in any particular way.

“And to the Republic for which it stands…”

Leo knows democracy.

 

Eugene Volokh very eloquently addresses the topic of whether the United States is a republic in his May, 2013, article in the Washington Post.

The definition of “republic”

The definition of “democracy”

If this was a democratic, country everyone would take all your shit.

Volokh points out that to say that the United States is one and not the other presents a false dilemma.

Even some of the Founding Fathers used the term “representative democracy” to describe the new nation.

“One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

In the US, we see the racial divide, the gender divide, the political divide, the sexual orientation divide, etc.

If the US started as a cultural Pangaea, it would now be a plethora of continents divided by millions of fault lines in a post-apocalyptic, magnetic poles-flipped, no-polar ice caps submerged Earth.

“Under God”

The Joker is God.

 

Government added the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 as a result of America’s cold war with Communist nations.

President “Double D” Eisenhower’s quote sums is all up nicely.

“In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.”

What an ingenious connection to fortune-telling through thoughts and prayers that Mike Pence could be proud of.

Just to be clear, the Pledge of Allegiance is not a bad thing.

Paul and Wayne voluntarily swore an oath to our nation, and thus, chose allegiance.

The day allegiance ceases to be voluntary, it becomes bondage.

References:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-man-who-wrote-the-pledge-of-allegiance-93907224/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance_(United_States)
http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellamy_salute
http://www.usflag.org/history/flagevolution.html
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/4/4

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In 1977, this organization evolved from the apolitical organization they had been since 1871, and ran contrary to government perception of the amendment in question, converting into a mobilized political operation dedicated to fighting against legislation regarding the issue they believed in. What is the name of the organization?

A – The Ku-Klux-Klan
B – The National Rifle Association
C – The Democratic Youth of America
D – The Department of Integrated Country Kinfolk Sex

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Gratitudes

We want to thank Xavier Lee and Mark Calvin for pledging their allegiance to this sinking ship of a show called MēMē Call, and we also want to thank Aidan Clancy for shaking off his hangover long enough to scribble on this script a little bit. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank our patrons, and as always, we absolutely have to thank the Blue Tits.

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