About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Red Skelton's High Stakes Drama

On our nation's 235 birthday I thank our great Mid-west member for sending along this link of Red Skelton's Pledge Of Allegiance from 1969 . Mr. Skelton was one of my favorite comedians long before 1969 but even as a young boy I recognized his patriotism. The quality of Mr. Skelton's high stakes drama in the video is playing out today.

I provide below the words of the lesson of the great actor's Pledge to America.

"I----meaning 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.

Of the United----that means that we have all come together.

States----individual 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 cause, and that's love of country.

Of America.

And to the Republic----a 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----meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible----incapable of being divided.

With Liberty----which is freedom and the right of power to live one's life without threats or fear or any sort of retaliation.

And justice----The principle and quality of dealing fairly with others.

For all.----which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our nation, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance 'under God.' Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said, 'That's a prayer' and that would be eliminated from schools, too?"


  1. Thanks for sending it. Red Skelton was a real comedian. Too bad the country today is in such a mess.

  2. Doug, I love his version of the pledge & my wife is a big fan of Red Skelton. Have a great 4th. of July.

  3. Thank you for this. He was one of my favorite comics. I wish we had some like him today!!

  4. Thanks, Doug....what an appropriate time to share Red's heart rendering presentation of the Pledge of Allegiance!
    Happy 4th to you and Carol!