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07-05-2002, 08:05 PM
Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance
by Red Skelton

This can be found
here (http://www.usflag.org/skeltons.pledge.html):

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 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

I know its a day late, but its still July 4th weekend! smile.gif I only found it this morning, if I had found it sooner, it would have been up for yesterday. graemlins/blush.gif I just thought it very appropriate. smile.gif

07-05-2002, 11:17 PM
Thanks Eddy....what's scary is the last line almost has come true!

07-06-2002, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by TiggerRPh:
Thanks Eddy....what's scary is the last line almost has come true!I know... :rolleyes: graemlins/shakehead.gif

Victor Kelly
07-07-2002, 07:02 PM
I'm afraid very afraid. History always repeats itself.

07-08-2002, 08:47 AM
Thanks Eddy. I appreciated that. It does make you think. I believe people should be proud of the country they live in.

07-08-2002, 12:47 PM
Hi Eddy,

I was a young kid when I first saw Red Skelton do that bit. It was a very, very touching delivery that words cannot possibly convey alone.

Red Skelton loved this country and admiration was returned equally from all those who loved him.

Thanks for this memory, I had completely forgotten about it.