Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Red (Richard Bernard Skelton) Skelton (191397)
If I may I would like to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and give you a definition for each word. Ime, an individual, a committee of one. Pledgededicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity. Allegiancemy love and my devotion. To the Flagour standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybodys job. Of the Unitedthat means that we have all come together. Statesindividual communities that have united into 48 great states, 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and thats love for country. Of America. And to the Republica state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and its from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people. For which it stands. One nationmeaning, so blessed by God. Indivisibleincapable of being divided. With libertywhich is freedom and the right of power to live ones own life without threats or fear or some sort of retaliation. And justiceThe principle or quality of dealing fairly with others. For allwhich means its as much your country as it is mine.
RED SKELTON, remarks in the House, Flag Day, June 14, 1972, Congressional Record, vol. 118, p. 20859.