Wednesday, November 19, 2003
I came across this while online and I thought I would share it with you. Comic legend Red Skeleton wrote this piece some years ago. Story has it that one of his teachers in school explained the words and the meaning of the Pledge Of Allegiance to his class. Skeleton later wrote and recorded his recollection of the lecture. Enjoy.

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 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 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 - - 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 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.

You may notice that 'Under God' isn't in there. This was done before 'Under God' was put into the Pledge Of Allegiance, which recently people have been getting their panties in a bunch over. It's there, deal with it. It's being there doesn't hurt anyone. Calm down. If you don't want to say 'Under God', then don't.
God Bless America