Pledge of Allegiance
by Red Skelton
Me, and 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 it's a prayer, and it would be eliminated from schools, too?