Red Skelton seems to have predicted the future ... sad, huh?

Pledge of Allegiance
Current (11-Oct-2002)

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


Commentary on
AMERICAN PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE
By
Red Skelton


The story goes that as a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers, after watching the class recite the pledge in a flat monotone, realized the words meant nothing to these children. The teacher decided to explain the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to the class so they would understand the pledge they renewed daily. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture.
It is followed by an observation of Red Skelton's.



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 of America - - 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.



"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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