* HilariousInHindsight: 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...
## 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]] They're both based on what people believe the Roman Salute was. Bellamy's version actually came into being decades before the Nazis' version, and has a few subtle differences.[[/note]]
## 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. [[labelnote:Fun Fact]] Both the ''Gobitis'' and ''Barnette'' cases were brought by Jehovah's Witnesses, who are forbidden from swearing oaths (which the Pledge is, making it an unconstitutional abridgement of religious freedom).[[/labelnote]] 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.
## In 1954, at the height of the Second RedScare, 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]] The more famous case of ''Abington v Schempp'' (a.k.a. ''Murray v Curlett''), decided the next year, banned mandatory Bible recitation.[[/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.
## 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.
* OffModel: 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.
* UncannyValley: The human characters. Par for the course considering all of them except Uncle Sam were rotoscoped.

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