The letter below was sent to media outlets nationwide and was posted openly on the internet and newsgroups.  Not a single media outlet responded.  To this day, not a single media outlet has ever provided a historic photo of the original salute nor even stated that it possesses such a photo, nor used it in the story ideas pointed out  below.  It is fortunate that many individuals did respond and the photos are displayed at  
    The following is an open letter to all major media outlets. You are invited to send it to media in your area.
            I write to ask major media outlets for archive photos of government school students saluting the U.S. flag with the original salute (the same salute later adopted by the horrid National Socialist German Workers’ Party).  If such photos exist, please tell me how to obtain copies. (BTW, I would appreciate such photos from ANY non-media source also).  An example of the salute is at
    If your archives do not have an original salute photo then I want to ask why you don’t have such a historically significant scene in your files?  (Let me know if you don’t have a photo, and I will provide you with one or more). is the only site that is attempting to collect and publish photos showing the original socialist salute.
    I am an attorney and I collect historical photos showing how socialism harmed the U.S., and I want to add original U.S. flag salute photos to my collection.
    This letter to the editor asks why major media outlets never publish such photos?  Is it another media coverup of socialist horrors in the history of the U.S.?
    The original salute was created in 1892 by a self-proclaimed socialist (Francis Bellamy) to promote socialism in the most socialistic institution  -government schools. When the U.S. Constitution was written, most people received private educations.  Bellamy lived during the time when schools were becoming socialized heavily in the U.S.   It was a view later shared by the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
    Bellamy’s original socialist salute to the U.S. flag resembled the salute of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.  The National Socialist German Workers’ Party was aware of the U.S.’s salute when it adopted its salute.
    Bellamy, belonged to a group known for "Nationalism," whose members wanted the federal government to nationalize most of the domestic economy. He saw government schools as a means to that end.   It was a view later shared by the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
    After the National Socialist German Workers' Party demonstrated full-blown socialism, the U.S. flag's socialist salute was merely altered (in 1946), and the socialist pledge remained.  Both the pledge and the salute should have been dropped.
    The media have many opportunities to print original salute photos and stories in news coverage every Flag Day, or about the pledge of allegiance in court litigation, or at the opening of government schools every year, etc.  The chilling history is rarely mentioned in major media outlets, and the historic photos are never published.
    I don’t know of any major media outlets that have ever printed such a photograph and I bet they won’t print it even after reading this letter.

for more information on the U.S. flag's pledge and salute see

 A search indicates that coined the phrase "original socialist salute" to the flag and is the only site on the net or newsgroups to use the phrase and may be the only site to use "socialist salute" or "the socialist salute" in reference to the original U.S. flag salute, and without preceding the phrase "socialist salute" with the word "national" (some search hits make reference to the "national socialist salute" of the National Socialist German Workers' Party). is the only site that attempts to collect and publish photos showing the U.S. flag's original socialist salute.


In 'Pontoon' by Garrison Keillor the character Evelyn once told the school board when a resolution proposed mandatory recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance: "If you require me to go to church, then it's no longer faith, and when you make somebody pledge allegiance to a flag that stands for freedom -- you are just being stupid."


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