This Independence Day holiday is an excellent time to revisit one of Red Skeltons most endearing works: his recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and what that pledge means.
You dont get patriotic entertainment like this anymore…
In the words of Red Skelton:
Ive been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester, said Mr. Laswell, and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. May I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?
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, theres respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybodys job!
Of the United that means that we have all come together.
States of America 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 thats love for country.
And to the republic a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and its 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
Indivisible incapable of being divided.
With liberty which is freedom the right of power to live ones 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, its 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
Wouldnt it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too? God Bless America!