YMMV / Old Glory

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This 1939 cartoon was a not-at-all-subtle propaganda piece made to tell kids why they should care about reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. About that...
    1. At the time, the Pledge was still normally performed using the Bellamy Salute, which was dropped three years later due to it looking way too much like the Nazi "Sieg Heil". note 
    2. This cartoon was made just as numerous cases regarding the Pledge started making their way through the federal courts. Although a 1940 case, Minersville School District v Gobitis, established that schools could compel children to recite the Pledge, a case just three years later, West Virginia v Barnette, overturned that and started the Supreme Court's tendency to strike down states' powers to mandate the Pledge.

      Today, public schools cannot require students to recite the Pledge. Fun Fact  Schools are also banned from punishing students for not reciting the Pledge or not standing up during it, and a school cannot make a non-reciting student leave the classroom while the Pledge happens. Of course, schools (particularly in conservative areas) could and sometimes do ignore these rulings and enforce the old laws, but a quick call to the ACLU and appearance in front of a judge usually ensures this ends badly for the school.
    3. In 1954, at the height of the Second Red Scare, Congress inserted the words "Under God" into the Pledge (in between "one nation" and "indivisible"). This caused the already-extant controversy over reciting the Pledge to get folded into the just-as-nasty fight over mandatory school prayer, which the Supreme Court banned in 1962's Engel v Vitale. note  Since then, several lawsuits have been launched against the Pledge on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional establishment of religion most notably the 2000's-era Newdow case (which was thrown out for lack of standing) and the Court has thus far held that the Pledge is legal as-is on the grounds that it is now voluntary and has a long history of being considered a patriotic exercise.
    4. Although the people most inclined to defend the pledge are conservatives, particularly religious conservatives, the fact remains that Francis Bellamy was a socialist who believed in government-sponsored social re-engineering to promote loyalty to the State. He was emphatically not a fan of federalism or "State's Rights". In other words, he was everything most current Pledge-supporters hate.
  • Off Model: Anyone used to, well, pretty much any Porky Pig design would be inclined to agree that he just looks off in this short. Yes, it's justified by him being a child, but the big eyes still take some getting used to.
  • Uncanny Valley: The human characters. Par for the course considering all of them except Uncle Sam were rotoscoped.


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