I don’t think I can ever hear Red Skelton talk about the Pledge of Allegiance too many times.
This was first broadcast on:
From The Red Skelton Hour, CBS TV, January 14, 1969.
COPYRIGHT 1969 RICHARD RED SKELTON
I remember this one teacher. To me, he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance one day, and he walked over. Mr. Lasswell was his name.
He said, “I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester, and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?”
I: me, an individual, a committee of one.
ALLEGIANCE: my love and my devotion.
TO THE FLAG:
Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody’s job.
STATES: individual communities that have united into 48 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’s love for
AND TO THE REPUBLIC: a state in which sovereign power is vested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And
FOR WHICH IT STANDS
ONE NATION: meaning, so blessed by God.
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 quality of dealing fairly with others.
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?
What has happened to the United States? What has happened to US?