The Pledge of Allegiance

  1. As a schoolboy in Vincennes, Indiana, 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.
    Me; an individual; a committee of one.
    Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
    My love and my devotion.
    To the Flag
    Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of courage; and wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, "Freedom is everybody's job."
    That means that we have all come together.
    Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided by imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common cause, and that is love of country... of America.
    And to the Republic
    Republic--a sovereign state in which 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

    meaning, so blessed by God.
    Incapable of being divided.
    With Liberty
    Which is Freedom; the right of power for one to live his own life, without fears, threats, or any sort of retaliation.
    And Justice
    The principle, and qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
    For All
    For All--that 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 the Republic, 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

    Wow--what a preminition
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   canoehead
    how about " under Canada"??

  4. by   sjoe
    "how about " under Canada"??"

    That's covered in geography class.
  5. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by canoehead
    how about " under Canada"??

    Canada, always has to be on top of everything
  6. by   canoehead

    Yep, cause we're da best!