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Posted on 06/14/2012 6:18:00 AM PDT by The Ignorant Fisherman
A a schoolboy, one of Red Skeltons 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. The last sentence was a prophecy of what would happen decades later. From the Red Skelton Hour January 14, 1969
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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 it's a prayer, and it would be eliminated from schools, too? --Red Skelton
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“With Liberty: Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.”
What an old fashioned concept, everybody knows citizens must serve their government masters, and that all property belongs to the government.
Buy Tootsie Rolls from a Knight of Columbus when you see one. The money goes to children with Cerebral Palsy.
“With Liberty and Justice for all. Born and unborn.”
I grew up with Red Skelton on TV. I miss him!!!
They dont make Hollywood celebs like Red anymore. A really great, decent guy.
ping for later
I saw this not long ago on a Red Skelton rerun.
Ain’t ashamed to say I cried.
Semper Fi, Red. God Bless you.
I agree! That was old school Hollywood.