On this Fourth of July…

… it is time to relearn what we have forgotten. What we have forgotten is the “Pledge of Allegiance” to the Flag of the United States of America. So few of us appear to recite it, much less even understand it. Thus, let us both recall these words and understand what they mean.

I pledge allegiance
to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation,
under God,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

But it is not just those words that are forgotten. We have also forgotten what it is that Red Skelton stated in 1969.

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 given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody’s job

of the United – that means that we have all come together

States – individual communities that have United into 48 great states 48 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, of America

and to the Republic – Republic a state in which sovereign power is invested in a representative 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

Mr. Skelton reminds us, “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?”

Well, it is a sad day in America that the Pledge of Allegiance has been removed from schools under the despicable guise that it is somehow a prayer.

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