Foreigner Behind Royalist Pledge Plot Dies at 97
The man who forced generations of schoolchildren to mumble in fear each morning died on Thanksgiving, more than a half-century after he brought McCarthyism to the classroom.
It was transplanted Glaswegian and Presbyterian mole George M. Docherty who in 1952 campaigned to get “Under God” added to the Pledge of Allegiance, fearing his 7-year-old son would roast in the pits of Hades, or worse, turn Commie, if he didn’t swear fealty to a mythical airborne foodstuff before spelling lessons:
“I didn’t know that the Pledge of Allegiance was, and he recited it, ‘one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,'” he recalled in an interview with The Associated Press in 2004. “I came from Scotland, where we said ‘God save our gracious queen,’ ‘God save our gracious king.’ Here was the Pledge of Allegiance, and God wasn’t in it at all.”
Docherty’s first sermon on the subject fell on heathen Harry Truman’s deaf ears. But a second attempt at Constitutional subversion in 1954 found Seventh Commandment violator Dwight D. Eisenhower in the pews, and by Flag Day that year Ike signed the revised Pledge into law.
Yet despite their best efforts, the Sixties happened anyway.