On 14 June 1642 Massachusetts passed the first compulsory school attendance law. We all know what a success THAT idea has been. On 14 June 1953 Elvis Presley graduated from Humes High School in Memphis. He had been complying with the law, which by then had spread from Massachusetts to Tennessee. Here's a riddle to chew on. On 14 June 1954 Dwight Eisenhower signed a law adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. No, they weren't included in there at first because the pledge was written in 1892 by a defrocked socialist minister, and was said into the 1930s with hand raised in the fascist salute, until that made the point too embarrassing. So the new Creed, the Pledge of Allegiance, mentioned no God but the state for the first 60 years of its life. One wonders how adding those two words changed anything. Compulsory pledge, compulsory allegiance -- I reckon that fits right in with compulsory school attendance. Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt — Silver and gold must be bought.Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger
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