American Flag

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Red Skelton: 1913-1997

"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 courage; and 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 of America . . .

Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states.
Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose.
All divided by imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that's love of country...

. . . and to the Republic . . .
Republic--a sovereign state in which 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.

. . . indivisible . . .
Incapable of being divided.

. . . with Liberty . . .
Which is Freedom; the right of power live one's own life, without fears, threats, or any sort of retaliation.

. . . and Justice . . .
The principle, and 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.'
Red Skelton in American Clown Makeup
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?"