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–meaning, so blessed by God.
– – Incapable of being divided.
– – Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
– – The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
– – 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?