[Video] Every American Needs to Watch This Video – Red Skelton’s 1969 Pledge of Allegiance
It’s rare that I am made speechless from watching a video. Not only am I speechless, but there is a tear in my eye for this interpretation and recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.
In today’s politically correct United States, straight talk such as this is frowned upon, when it should be embraced.
Even for the rare few who take exception with the “under God” portion of the pledge, the rest of the pledge, we need to pay attention to the parts Mr. Skelton points out.
Can you imagine an interpretation like this being recited to every child in every public school today?
Here is the full transcript:
“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 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’s respect because your loyalty has givenher 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 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 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 quality of dealing fairly with others.
For all – which means, boys and girls, 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…
Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too?