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Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton ^

Posted on 05/30/2011 5:50:43 AM PDT by navysealdad

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.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: pledgeofallegiance; red; skelton

1 posted on 05/30/2011 5:50:47 AM PDT by navysealdad
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To: navysealdad

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 under God, 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?

[by Red Skelton]

2 posted on 05/30/2011 6:01:41 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: navysealdad

Here’s the video...

3 posted on 05/30/2011 6:02:40 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: navysealdad

Direct Youtube link of Red Skelton doing this:

4 posted on 05/30/2011 6:02:49 AM PDT by ConservativeChris
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To: ConservativeChris

I waited 9 seconds too long.

5 posted on 05/30/2011 6:03:58 AM PDT by ConservativeChris
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To: Diogenesis

I have a solution:

Work to eliminate government schooling. Shut it down. All of it!

6 posted on 05/30/2011 6:05:21 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Diogenesis

It was about six months after the Patriot Red Skelton broadcast this tribute that I enlisted in the US Army as a Medic. The entire seven years seven months and a wake up I served on active duty I would see that program aired at least once a year. I consider it companion piece John Wayne - America:Why I love her.

7 posted on 05/30/2011 6:22:58 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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