Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance (long)
Mark Ray (info@EAGLEBOOK.COM)
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 08:39:08 +0000
In memory of American comedian Red Skelton, who died yesterday at age 84,
here's one of his pieces that's especially appropriate for Scouting
audiences. It was first broadcast on The Red Skelton Hour, January 14, 1969.
"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, 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.
PLEDGE--dedicate all my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
ALLEGIANCE--my love and 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.
OF THE UNITED--that means that we have all come together.
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 country.
AND TO THE REPUBLIC--a state in which sovereign power is vested 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
FOR WHICH IT STANDS
ONE NATION--meaning, so blessed by God.
INDIVISIBLE--incapable of being divided.
WITH LIBERTY--which is freedom and the right of power to live one's own
life without threats or fear or some sort of retaliation.
AND JUSTICE--the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.
FOR ALL--which means 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
for schools, too?"
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