Brother Mark shared a video of the famous comedian Red Skelton from his TV show “The Red Skelton Show,” on our Facebook page. I watched that show as a kid, and it brought laughter into my life. In elementary school, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning before classes started. We had a class each day that taught us the history of our country, and we were proud of how far we had come in the late ’60s as a nation. We didn’t understand racism and we didn’t care about skin color either. The Pledge of Allegiance was as much about learning civic duty as it was about learning to love our country.
Our world is upside down now. Our children are no longer taught the pledge of allegiance in many school districts across the country, and the words civic duty seem only to apply to being a jury member. Schools in parts of our country teach children to not only to hate their country, but to hate each other too (critical race theory). The American flag flew in front of every school back then, but today many schools don’t fly our flag because it may hurt someone’s feelings. Our Flag and way of life is being trampled upon.
In the ’60s our schools were “safe places,” not because they were protecting us from the dangers of the world, but because they protected us from ignorance. Instead of being taught America is bad, we were taught they many reasons and ways America is great. Instead of being taught we should report our parents to child protective services if they yell at us, we were taught to respect our elders so they wouldn’t. Instead of being taught all of the social programs that would help us if we failed, we were taught to continually improve ourselves so we wouldn’t fail.
This short 4 minute video will remind you of why we should all know the Pledge of Allegiance.
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.
of the United
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 quality, 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?”