A REAL- LIFE “BACK TO THE FUTURE” MOMENT
In honor of Flag Day, I thought our readers might enjoy a video flashback to the man who is arguably America’s Crown Prince of Laughter, Red Skelton. I thought you would enjoy his unique approach to understanding not only the words to “The Pledge of Allegiance,” but the unique meaning of each phrase.
Little did I know it would also give us a “future history” lesson. On viewing this video gem, I discovered something no one could have predicted back at the time of the original broadcast in 1969. It’s an amazing “Back To The Future” moment: When he filmed this, Skelton had no way of knowing just how important and significant his words would be to those of us in the 21st Century. But if you listen carefully:
- You will see clearly that we are no longer the nation Red Skelton defines in the explanation of the Pledge.
- You will hear evidence as to how our leaders have lost sight of their responsibilities and obligations to “We, the people” and turned public service into “self-service” for their own special interests… at our cost.
- You will see what it is that “We, the people” have yielded in our indifference and complacency.
- You will get a better understanding how we have come to where we are today.
- You will get a better understanding of what it will take for us to take back our nation.
Here, now, please enjoy this classic moment in TV History. Perhaps more importantly, please listen carefully to the history lesson presented. It’s all there in front of you and it should send chills down your spine.
Yes, there is the pledge of loyalty itself. But did you catch the significance of his definitions? If not, play it again and listen for the following:
- States – You will have a better understanding as to the importance of “States Rights” and what has been lost.
- Republic – Listen to his definition: “A state in which soverign 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…”
- One Nation – “Meaning so blessed by God.” (Yes, Mr. President. Like it or not, we ARE a Christian Nation.)
- With Liberty– Which is freedom. The right of power to live one’s own life without threats, fear or some sort of retaliation…
Regarding “Republic,” at least one generation has grown up in a political environment where the power of the people has been usurped by the politicians who now see political positions as their personal brass ring; one which gives them authorization to pursue their own personal agendas at the expense of their constituents. No longer does the power flow from us to them, as defined by Skelton. It is now they who dictate to us, and their decree is usually backed by lobbyists, not “We, The People.”
Ask yourself this simple question: If the power of the republic still flows “from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people,” would a trillion dollar plus stimulus bill have been shoved down our throats without time for us to examine it (as Barack Obama had promised during the campaign?). I think not.
Liberty? To Skelton’s definition, I would add, “without fear of intimidation.” Ask voters who had to pass by New Black Panthers who stood in an intimidating fashion at voting spots if they felt intimidated. And if President Obama gets his wish so that union members must make their vote available to the public, ask yourself if that doesn’t cause both intimidation AND fear of retaliation.
The time has come for each of us to re-think our responsibility to our children’s future and to the future of this country. We can’t do it if we rely on “the other guy ” to take a stand, Every one of us must be “the other guy.” I can’t think of a better day to consider the message Red Skelton has given us than today, Flag Day.