Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton

From the 1950's to the 1980's, there was a very famous comedian here in the United States by the name of Red Skelton who was enormously funny and extremely patriotic. At one point in his career, he had his own weekly show that as I recall, ran on Sunday evenings.

One evening in 1969 and quite out of character, he touched on a serious note and reflected about a grammar school teacher he once had by the name of Mr. Laswell. He explained that Mr. Laswell was concerned that his students were losing their interest in our flag and that it appeared that their reciting of the pledge of allegiance to our flag was becoming monotonous. So, in an attempt to demonstrate to his students the importance of our pledge... he began to explain the pledge in detail - what each and every word meant.

Country singer and star Charlie Daniels later took the Skelton skit and turned it into a song.

In today's world of political correctness and political BS... perhaps we should go back to the basics in teaching our children about our flag and the country it represents. They should learn from Mr. Laswell and Mr. Skelton, all the things that many in this country sometimes forget or so often take for granted.

The Skelton skit was a very cute story but the meaning behind it, is one that as American's we should never forget. I urge everyone to take a minute and click on the title above and listen to it.

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