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Monday, December 11, 2006

Red Skelton on the Pledge of Allegiance

Several years ago I listened to a sound clip of Red Skelton reciting his take on the Pledge of Allegiance, but had lost track of it till this past week. So I thought I'd share it with you! Now more than ever we as Americans need to take a long hard look at true Patriotism and where our allegiance is given. Too many people in our country are being allowed to demean and trample the name of our country and what she stands for. All this in the under the "Politically Correct" umbrella. This political correctness crap can take a hike! Either you're for The United States, or you're against us. The way things are going I'm afraid in the future we're going to once again find ourselves fighting for our own freedom and liberty. And as long as we as a country turn our back on God don't expect things to get any better and don't be surprised when God turns His back on us!

As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation of his own.

I - - Me; an individual; a committee of one.

Pledge - - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

Allegiance - - My love and my devotion.

To the Flag - - Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job.

United - - That means that we have all come together.

States - - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.

And to the Republic - - Republic--a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands

One Nation - - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided.

With Liberty - - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice - - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.

For All - - For All--which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to theRepublic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?

Red Skelton


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