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  •  Bellamy was certainly a socialist (1+ / 0-)
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    but of the xenophobic, racist variety.  This site is bit sensationalist, but the quotes are accurate:

    The pledge itself was inspired by xenophobia and bigotry toward immigrants.  The United States had long been a melting pot, but the 1880s brought increased immigration, especially from countries in eastern and southern Europe. Bellamy, whose family was not native American-Indians, joined similar Americans who feared that these "new" immigrants did not have the same education and skills of those from northern European countries.  They also worried about another difference: Most of the new immigrants were Roman Catholic and Jewish.

    "The hard, inescapable fact is that men are not born equal. Neither are they born free, but all in bonds to their ancestors and their environments...," Francis wrote .

    As editor of the magazine "The Illustrated American," he wrote editorials denouncing immigrants from southern Europe. "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 ... there are other races (e.g Irish, Jews, Italians, Latins) which we cannot assimilate without a lowering of our racial standard."

    Other Bellamy quotes: "The leaders of the negroes have been unendurable, more than the negro voters themselves ... So ... (all parties) make common cause ... for the disenfranchisement of the negro"

    "peon ... a shiftless and unreliable kind. The native Mexican works only that he may ... live for a month on the rewards of a week's work."

    And while it's absurd to say that Francis Bellamy was expressing his brother's views (do you and your siblings think exactly alike?), Edward Bellamy was no winner on the racism question either.  From the same website:

    Here is another quote from "Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy "Perhaps more important than any of the causes I mentioned then as tending to race purification has been the effect of untrammeled sexual selection upon the quality of two or three successive generations. I believe that when you have made a fuller study of our people you will find in them not only a physical, but a mental and mortal improvement. It would be strange if it were not so, for not only is one of the great laws of nature now freely working out the salvation of the race but a profound moral sentiment has come to it's support. Individualism, which in your day was the animating idea of society, not only was fatal to any vital sentiment of brotherhood and common interest among living men, but equally to any realization of the responsibility of the living for the generation to follow. To-day this sense of responsibility, practically unrecognized in all previous ages, has become one of the great ethical ideas of the race, reinforcing, with an intense conviction and duty, the natural impulse to seek in marriage the best and noblest of the other sex."

    Richard "The Dick" Cheney: screwing America since 1969

    by litho on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:08:09 PM PDT

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    •  That's fascinating (2+ / 0-)
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      Now I have even less respect for the Pledge.

      I certainly don't think of it occupying anything close to the same status as the Constitution.

      Of course, I'm not a conservative and don't have a fetish for iconography that obscures my real patriotism so maybe that's why I don't get it.  I don't festoon my car with cheap-ass flags made in China that I don't bother to take care of, nor do I wear tiny pieces of stamped metal painted to look like a flag on my lapel.

      Max Baucus is a backstabbing fukstick.

      by slippytoad on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:29:20 PM PDT

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