Red Skelton’s Commentary on Pledge Of Allegiance Reminds Us How Great America Is
Oct 25th, 2021
Red Skelton is known as the man who abandoned the limelight when he decided to join the US Army. It was in 1941 when this young comedian with a funny face and a funny name abandoned his famous comedic characters.
Skelton is a multi-talented performer. He had been entertaining radio audiences since 1936. He was discovered by “Colgate Comedy Hour” producer Bill Thompson at a burlesque theatre near Chicago. That time, Skelton was performing as “Daddy”.
And now, he is once again in the limelight when one of his videos resurfaced. But this time, he was not making jokes or making people laugh. Instead, this is his viral throwback video of the Pledge of Allegiance.
In the video, Skelton shared:
“When I was a small boy in Vincennes, Indiana, I heard, I think, one of the most outstanding speeches I ever heard in my life. I think it compares with the Sermon on the Mount, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Socrates’ Speech to the Students.”
He shared that they had just finished reciting the Pledge of Allegiance when a Mr. Lasswell who was the Principal of Vincennes High School called them all together.
The principal told them: “Uh, boys and girls, I have been listening to you recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester, and it seems that it has become monotonous to you. Or, could it be, you do not understand the meaning of each word? If I may, I would like to recite the pledge, and give you a definition for each word.”
According to the principal in Skelton’s words, this is what each of the important words really meant…
“I” — Me; an individual; a committee of one.
“Pledge” — Dedicate all of my worldly good 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 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 by imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common cause, and that’s the love of country —
“And to the Republic” — A Republic: a sovereign state in which power is invested into the representatives chosen by the people to govern; and the 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.”
[Under God] “One”
“Indivisible” — Incapable of being divided.
“With Liberty” — Which is freedom; the right of power for one to live his 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. That means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.
He then proceeds to say the Pledge of Allegiance before adding, “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 be eliminated from our schools, too?”
What do you think? Do you agree with Red Skelton’s explanation of the Pledge of Allegiance?