Rex Curry is the acclaimed historian who made the following breakthrough discoveries: (1) the Pledge of Allegiance was the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior, and (2) German socialists (Nazis) used the swastika symbol to represent crossed “S” letters for “socialism.” http://rexcurry.net
Dr. Curry showed that the early pledge began with a military salute that was then extended outward to point at the flag (thus the stiff-arm gesture came from the pledge and from the military salute).
The pledge was written by an American socialist who advocated "military socialism" and who influenced other socialists worldwide, including German socialists (the term "Nazi" is a deliberately misleading term, in that the "Nazis" did not call themselves "Nazis," they called themselves "socialists"). The pledge was written for kindergartners to be forced to recite it in government schools (socialist schools) on command and in unison.
The pledge continues to be the origin of Nazi behavior even though the gesture was changed to hide the pledge's putrid past. It is bizarre that it continues to exist (though the stiff-armed salute was altered) and that intelligent(?) adults have been duped into the mechanical propaganda chanting.
No one should stand for nor chant that anachronistic childish Hitler artifact known as the USA's Pledge of Allegiance.