An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 11, 2007

A Reminder from Red Skelton

Filed under: I Support:, Politically INcorrect — olbroad @ 5:33

I keep watching the division in this country growing and I get more and more distressed. Who is at fault? It doesn’t matter. The fact that it is happening at all tells me a great deal about the state of things today. So, I wanted to share something I actually remember witnessing when I was a kid watching The Red Skelton Show.

– – Me; an individual; a committee of one.

– – Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
– – 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.
– – That means that we have all come together.
– – 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.
– – 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 is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?


1 Comment »

  1. As far as Red Skelton’s quote, he got it wrong, no one is accusing the Pledge of Allegiance of being a prayer.

    It has always been accused as being government promotion of a specific religious view: the belief in monotheism.

    History: Back in 1954, there was a concerted effort on the part of various overtly sectarian organizations, primarily the Knights of Columbus, to exploit Cold War paranoia and use McCarthyism to get “under God” inserted in the Pledge in order to push the country in a theocratic direction. A threatened Congress jumped right on board. Ironically, if anyone had indeed been serious about emphasizing what has, from the time of our Founding, made America unique among nations, then Congress would have changed the Pledge to say, “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all – regardless of belief”.

    The Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” When Congress does exactly that, as it did in 1954 with the sectarian bill that added “under God” to the Pledge and the national motto to money, it is nothing more than strict interpretation of the Constitution that says the courts must then declare it void. That is their job description. Nothing activist about it. No personal belief involved. On the contrary, if Congress paid more attention to the Constitution (as should the people who elect the members), judges wouldn’t have the nearly workload in rulings over unconstitutional laws and practices.

    The whole point of the Pledge is national unity and allegiance. Any division along religious lines makes a joke of it.

    Better to leave the Pledge neutral about religion, in support of the harmonious pluralism this country has always stood for, don’t you think? Let’s remember, these are just little kids. Is it right to want to put them on the front lines of the culture war? Do we really need to be pounding into them the divisions in our society rather than enforcing the commonalities, the brotherhood?

    Comment by Hifi — June 11, 2007 @ 2:51

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