When I was a child in the 1960’s, it was a daily ritual to recite the pledge of allegiance. Our class would all put our right hand over our heart and say the pledge. We were not worshiping the flag, we were showing reverence to those that have died to give us all a chance at a better life.
My father, who honorably served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard and finally retired from the U.S. Navy reserve taught me duty and honor, love of country AND WHAT OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT STOOD FOR and love of God. Then, in the early 1970’s, I heard a replay of a very funny man, but what he said really solidified what I had been feeling. His name was Red Skelton and I can not say what he said any better than he did, so I will take the liberty to copy what were his words below…
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 is 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 forty-eight 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 is love for country.
And to the Republic – – 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 qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All – – For All–which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.
And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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?
The flag is nothing more than colored cloth, but what it stands for has meaning, it has depth. Yes, our country has its dark side, but no where on earth do we see people literally dying to get here. It is because an individual has a future here in America.
You see, your public education has been flawed if it does not include a reverence to the Flag of the United States of America. The white stripes represent purity and innocence. The red represents the blood that was shed by many men and women protecting the values and freedoms of this once great nation. The star is a symbol of the heavens where God resides and who gave us our rights. The number of stars, represent each individual state in the union, of which there are now 50. And the blue rectangle represents the union which is all 50 states.
Abraham Lincoln, while not a perfect man, was tasked with keeping the union whole. He is credited with ending the war and unifying the union and freeing the slaves among other things. He prayerfully asked God for wisdom in completing his tasks. He made many mistakes, but history is a factual review of what really happened and his Gettysburg Address should also be taught and studied.
Our current president, unlike Lincoln, has been destroying our country by creating divisions and opening old wounds by taking the proverbial knife and cutting open scar tissue. We are now divided by race, gender, sexual orientation, status in life, height, religion, whether we believe in the Constitution of the United States of America, by political persuasion, by education and if you think about it, our country is divided now more than any other time in its history. And all this from a man who ran for the office of president by promising unification. Wasn’t he the ‘chosen one’? He was treated like the messiah himself. He became god (little g) displacing God (the Almighty). You could, rightfully so, call Barrack H. Obama the anti-Lincoln, because he has succeeded in destroying what Lincoln worked and died so hard to unify.
I keep hearing if you have a successful business, you did not build that, others did for you. Our president even said something to that nature on July 13, 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia. Well, first off, yes you did. You may have employees that traded their time and talent for a paycheck, but it is the vision of the business owner and his desire to see his dream come to fruition that built that business. But let us look at the underlying sentiment. It seems that the president and many others in this country believe that you have a right not to fail. If you look at the words in the Constitution of the United States of America closely, you will see the words … Right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Nowhere are you guaranteed the right to succeed.
Look at Thomas Edison and his research to create the incandescent light bulb. He and many other inventors tried thousands of materials before finally settling on carbon filament for his light bulb. And how many times did Abraham Lincoln fail before successfully winning the presidential election? You can say that his previous failure helped prepare him for the presidency.
So, an individual clearly does not have a right to success nor does an individual have a right to the money that others have worked so hard for. No, there is a more sinister reason why Barrack Hussein Obama and his socialist friends are fundamentally changing America.
George Orwell wrote a book back in the early 1940’s called ‘1984’. It is said that he chose that date because it was a play on the date he finished the book, which was 1948. Published in 1949, George Orwell was trying to warn the world of the dangers of socialism. In his book, we see the protagonist, Winston, exhibiting individual thought. In this dystopian novel, the government is known as Big Brother, looking out for you and your safety. The government has displaced God form society and replaced God with the government. Everyone is reliant to the government. Everyone is blindly loyal to ‘Big Brother’ and in this society, we see that the individual must first love and obey the government before all else. When Winston exhibits individual thought, and starts questioning in his own mind the government, he must be broken. In the end, we see him only a shell of a man, stripped of any individualism or free thought. The government even went so far in civilian indoctrination, that government had agencies that were meant to continue the citizens dependence on the government. The Ministry of truth was in charge of propaganda and rewriting history to make the government always right. The Ministry of Plenty who’s sole purpose was rationing and maintaining a shortage. The Ministry of Peace which was the governments war department. You get the idea here. Does it sound anything like the Department of Homeland Security and their illegal storage of your cell phone data and internet usage? Maybe it resembles the Federal Reserve of which there is no reserve because there is no gold backing our currency, and the government just keeps printing money which is not backed by anything of value.
I find it hypocritical of someone to have a ‘Tolerance’ bumper sticker on their bumper but is only tolerant of thoughts like his own. These people are the most intolerant people I have ever encountered. Like I said before, demonize the flag which represents southern pride because it offends you, but celebrate the rainbow flag because of what it represents and not care that what it represents offends others and you prove your intolerance, your ignorance and your stupidity and yes, your slavery to the government and to socialism.
I saw a new bumper sticker. It depicts the flag and the bald eagle and has the words ‘If my flag offends you, I will help you pack’. The time is now to stand up and tell others that your opinion counts too. “God, forgive us for turning you away.”