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The Pledge Of Allegiance...to Vote or Not to Vote!

Updated on March 8, 2015

The pledge of Red

I recently was reminded of a video that I viewed some time ago of Red Skeleton talking about an event in his life as a young boy. This event, as he would tell you, had a profound effect on the rest of his life. So much so that he felt compelled to share the story with his audience on his variety comedy show that aired in the 1960s. For those of you who do not know who Red Skeleton was, he was a comdedian who had his own show in which he would perform various skits and stand up comedy. Clean wholesome comedy (difficult to find in today's culture) that the entire family could sit down and enjoy. It was very unusual for him to get into anything political on his show, so his audience must have been caught a little off guard when he began his story. However, I am sure they were touched by his recolection of the event that helped shape his adult life. In the clip below he explains how, as a boy, he had a teacher who called down the entire class one morning for reciting the pledge of allegiance in a seemingly routine or monotonous manner. He then went on to describe how this teacher would give them all a lesson that he would never forget. While I could recite his words here for you, it certainly would not have the same impact as listening to Mr. Skeleton in his own words. Click on the video below to hear his story in his own words.

Red Skeleton's Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance

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Wouldn't it be a Pity...Political Correctness Run Amok!

Little did Red Skeleton know that his words would eventually ring somewhat prophetic. American society and culture have become so politically correct that not only have the words "under God" been stripped from the pledge, but, in many communities across this country the pledge is not even allowed to be recited on school property. The political correct wave of the 1990s and 2000s has threatened to strip God and patriotism from the very fabric of this once great nation. I say "once great", not because I do not believe that we do not have the capacity to be great again, but because I think we have fallen victim to the slow but slippery slope of moral decay. We are most definitely in a state of moral and economic decline in this country, and it is my belief that they both go hand in hand. All of the other obvious moral issues that have plagued our society notwithstanding, it is immoral that we have allowed our government leaders to spend us into what is soon to be seventeen trillion dollars of debt. Come September 2013, we will once again face the debate over the debt ceiling and whether to allow our government to continue their reckless spending without regard. Wouldn't it be a pity if we just continue to travel down the path of sure economic destruction.

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What Can I Do?

You may ask, what can I do? I am only one person. I am a mere individual. As I listen to Mr. Skeleton's account of his teachers lesson that day, something very compelling stands out to me, aside from the obvious lesson of the importance of American patriotism and pride. It is his description and understanding that "government is the people" and it is "from the people to the leaders" not "from the leaders to the people." Sadly, most of today's government officials just do not get that. Furthermore, we the people, the ordinary, everyday citizens of this country, have lost all control of our government and have seemingly lost the will to stand up and make the necessary changes needed to get those officials out of office who are intent on continuing to take us down the path to a Godless society. We continue to allow our society to be governed by those who are intent on dividing us by socioeconomic status, race, and gender, in order to better control us and advance their agenda to "fundamentally change" this country. It is when they have us divided that they can conquer and twist and change the constitution to a barely recognizable document. It is then that one man can stand in the highest office of this land and bypass all safeguards put in place by the framers of the constitution to protect us, and inflict his own desires and ideas and policies under the cloak of executive privilege. It is then that we will crumble. Wouldn't it be a pity if we just sit back and allow that to happen without demanding that our voices be heard? Remember..."from the people to the government" not "from the government to the people." Our President has already promised to bypass congress yet again, if they try to block any kind of spending increase or debt ceiling increase that he may want. Our government was not set up as a dictatorship, but that is what we risk becoming if we continue to allow this type of outrageous threats and behavior from our President. Our very structure of government is being tested. It is up to us to make sure that it passes that test.

United We Stand

Imagine, for a moment, that we the people had the power to do something to secure the same freedom for our children and grandchildren that we have known, to secure the same great America that we have been privileged to grow up in, and to secure and protect the America that so many who have gone before us have fought for and lost their lives to protect. Wouldn't it be a pity if we had the power and ability to protect those things but were too apathetic to do anything about it, as our society, our country, our America, just crumbles around us. Well, we do have the power to do something. It is called voting. It is called standing up and making your voice heard through what ever avenue you can find . The 2014 elections are rapidly approaching, and although it may seem on the surface that the presidency may not be at stake, I contend that it is indeed at stake. The balance of power between the office of the president and the other branches of government have been challenged and usurped by an administration that asserts itself and its desires like the bully on the block. Without regard for laws and procedures and for the constitution, they push their way around and meet in back rooms to decide our fate. This from an administration that promised transparency. The only thing transparent about them is that we can all now clearly see what their agenda is and has been from the start. Power through division. Once that division is cemented and the power is forever in the hands of those that will destroy us from within, we will crumble. Wouldn't that be a pity? So yes, the presidency as we know it is at stake. However, by simply shifting the seats of a few elected officials in the senate and the house, we can make a huge difference in the direction that our country is taken, and keep a president intent on bypassing that branch of government, in check

Let Your Voice Be Heard

If you are happy with the direction that our country is going (and I could provide a lot of statistics that would bring into question [why?] but will spare you) then do nothing. If, on the other hand, you are tired of the direction that this country is headed then do something about it. Find out, truly find out, what each candidate running for the House or the Senate stands for. The content of a persons character is reflected by what they have done while you were not looking. See what their lives have stood for. Then...organize, mobilize, and get out the vote. Become involved.

When not voting, let your voice....no...make your voice be heard. Call your representatives and let them know where you stand on the issues. Remember the words of Red Skeletons teacher. It is "from the people to the leaders" not "from the leaders to the people." It is time to let our elected officials be reminded of this, from the president on down. Stand up! Be heard! It is the fear of standing up that has brought us to where we are today. Cast your fears aside. Don't allow "OUR" country to be hijacked any longer and brought closer to the brink of ruin. Wouldn't that be a pity? United we stand!!!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Howie,

      Oh, you are so right and I can turn my back for a moment, but that doesn't make the issues disappear, unfortunately. Ahh, politics; I guess ignorance is sometimes bliss. See, I have now realized how things work. While campaigning, us little people are given a bunch of empty promises, whatever it'll take to gain entry into office. Unfortunately, it is those people who pay the way on the campaign trail, that get their favors returned once these politicians make it into office. Not to even mention that these things people see as injustices, suddenly don't seem so bad when they become the reaper of the benefits after they take office themselves. Why would they stop what's coming to them and help us little people out? We're on our own now! I'm afraid you have to have money to have a voice and if that's how it works, then my whispers will never be heard. But, that won't stop be from trying to scream to the top of my lungs and I'll keep doing it if you do! :D

      Cat

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      Howie Watts 4 years ago

      Thank you Cat. I certainly understand your weariness. It does get a bit frustrating to hear people complain, but then not try to do anything to make a change to what they do not like. I think you can advocate for change or for status quo, which ever the case may be, without being unaccepting. Although I may accept an individual as a person, and I have some really good friends with whom I disagree on a lot of issues, I do not have to conform to their ideas and ideals. There in lies the problem. You are so right that we live in different, much more diverse times. I don't believe on pushing views on others either, but, it is the views that have been forced upon us that has created this crazy political correct mess. That is the problem with those that cry that certain people should be more accepting and diverse. Quite often their definition of diverse is...if you agree with me you are diverse, if you don't and happen to have a different set of views, then you get labeled and protested against. I have been labeled many things in the past because I refuse to conform to certain views. What they don't understand is that by protesting me and my views they are themselves demonstrating their own lack of diversity. I would certainly never tell anyone that they do not have the right to believe a certain way or to advocate for what they believe. That doesn't mean that in so doing, that I agree with them, or that I should not be afforded the same rights and respect as you so correctly pointed out. With that all said... I am more concerned these days with the economic state of our country than with the moral decay, although, like I said in this piece, they sort of go hand in hand. What is concerning to me is that we have a culture in Washington that has turned their back, for the most part, on the people that put them in office, for the sake of their own economic advancement. If we do not change this soon...we will get too deep to ever recover, and our children and grandchildren will suffer because of it. That, to me, makes it worth fighting through the weariness to continue to try to wake people up before it is too late. Thank you so much for your heartfelt response and for the share and vote. Hang in there and keep the faith :-)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Howie,

      I used to think of myself as a freedom fighter, but I'm getting tired. Sometimes you wonder if you're the only one left screaming and you start to lose your voice or at least the will to have one. I remember when this all started; the debate about whether or not God should be removed from money, the Pledge of Allegiance, etc. My thoughts were; I don't care who you are, where your from or what you believe, but this is how we do things here and if you don't like it, you're welcome to go back from whence you came. I don't believe in pushing views on others and so choosing to not participate, in anything, should be a free choice, but protesting something that others do and have done for years, is not showing the same respect. We are certainly living in different times with an extremely diverse set of people. We should learn to tolerate and embrace differences... not protest them. I could write a novel of a response to this hub, which you've done a wonderful job with by the way, but it's impossible to get to deep into this conversation without starting to offend someone... so I'll move along.... but before I do....

      Voting up and others ~ Sharing too!

      Cat