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Here’s a step-by-step breakdown that I think is needed and timely.
I got the idea from a radio excerpt a day or so ago. It was from a Red Skelton show.
May God bless Red Skelton for this idea.
He was given a breakdown like this from a grade school teacher in Vincinnes, Indiana.
” I pledge Allegiance” … allegiance = Loyalty or the obligation of loyalty, as to a nation, sovereign, or cause. Meaning, you promise to be faithful and true. Notice I didn’t say desecrate and degrade.
” to the flag” … the flag that people died supporting. A flag our founding fathers never dreamed they see burned. Come on Congress, individual rights should not override the rights of our national flag.
” of the United States of America ” …the best country on earth. If all you can do is complain about it, feel free to leave and never come back. They are waiting with open arms in lots of communist and/or third world countries. United States, 50 individual entities glued together, seperate, yet joined for a greater good.
” and to the Republic “… I also pledge my loyalty to the Government that is itself a Republic, a form of government where the PEOPLE are sovereign. Of the people for the people, NOT of the government for the government. Take a special note here all of you who trampled individual rights and property in favor of the supposed greater good of a community.
” for which it stands, “…Notice you pledged allegiance to THE FLAG, the government is represented by the Flag to which you promised loyalty.
” One Nation under God, “…These 50 individual states are united as a single Republic under the Divine providence of God, “our most powerful resource” (according to the words of President Eisenhower). Further explanations not needed here.
” Indivisible, “…despite what a few states thought, you cannot be seperate, but equal. There is no room for interpretation. From dictionary.com – consisting of one whole whose parts cannot be divided or treated individually
” with Liberty ” …this means that this great nation has given you the freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and happiness”. No place did you read the RIGHT to, just the freedom to. Get this right and you’ll be more likely to work towards your dreams instead of expecting them to be handed to you.
” and Justice “…each person is entitled to be treated justly, fairly, and according to proper law and principle. Don’t expect to be given room and board, cable and medical care for life just because you’re lazy, stupid or both.
” for All. “… This applies to EVERY AMERICAN, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or any other criteria. Just as the flag represents 50 individual states that can not be divided or separated, this Nation represents millions of people who can not be separated or divided. But it only applies to Americans. If you’re just visiting, accept this or go home. You’d treat me nowhere near as good in your country as we do you here. If you are an American, be a real one, not an ” insert adjective here ” – hyphenated American. I am an American. Born here. If you were born here, you need no hyphen, nor do you deserve one. If I was from a foreign country, I’d be insulted by those that use hyphens in frony of -American, especially if they had never even been to my country, or out of their city or state. Walk a mile in my mud or get it off your business card.
Thank you, America, for being my country of birth and home forever.