Adapted from: The Red Skeleton Hour on January 14, 1969
I remember this one teacher. To me he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. Mr. Laswell was his name. We were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and he walked over. He said, "I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems to me as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?
I - an individual, a committee of one
PLEDGE - dedicate call my worldly goods to give without self pity
ALLEGIANCE - my love and devotion
TO THE FLAG - our standard, old glory, a symbol of Freedom. Wherever 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 50 great states. 50 communities with pride and dignity and purpose all divided with imaginary boundaries yet united to a common purpose and that's love of our country.
OF AMERICA - This country is located on the continent of North America, a continent share with Canada and Mexico.
AND TO THE - a state in which a sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to REPUBLIC - govern. And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
FOR WHICH - For which it represents it stands -
ONE NATION - Although there are different people in each of the 50 different states we speak as one voice with one heart.
UNDER GOD - Blessed by God and under His care
INDIVISIBLE - incapable of being divided
WITH LIBERTY - which is freedom and the right of power to live one's own life without threats of some sort of retaliation.
AND JUSTICE - The principle of equality in dealing fairly with others
FOR ALL - which means it's as much your county as mine.