Under God

As a kid growing up I remember our first TV set. It was black and white (of course) and only had maybe three channels. Every night at midnight or so, the programming would stop and the screen would turn to snow.

There were a few shows that our family never missed; The Lawrence Welk Show, Gunsmoke and Red Skelton. I remember that Red Skelton had a thankful and humble side to him and would end every show with the words “God Bless”.

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day I thought it appropriate to recall Red Skelton’s explanation of the Pledge of Allegiance:

Pledge of Allegiance
(As originally recited on his TV show)

I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?"

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!

United -- that means that we have all come together.

States -- individual communities that have united into 48 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's love for country.

And to the 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 quality of dealing fairly with others.

For all -- which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

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?

God Bless America!

 

~Paul Nickoley

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