Happy Birthday America!

I remember a “Freedom Rally” we had in Noel, Missouri in the ninth grade.  Joy Bates recited the Pledge of Allegiance and interspersed it with definitions… It was very enlightening to me.  I tried to find the exact one she did and couldn’t.  I did find this one that is similar by Red Skelton.

The Pledge of Allegiance explained by Red Skelton

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?

Red Skelton

In addition to that… there is this thing my friend Julie posted on her facebook notes.

Written in 1917 and accepted by the House in April 1918, this piece was the winner of a writing contest designed to encouraged patriotism after the US had entered the First World War.

“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”

I know that America is not the only country on the planet.  I know that other people are just as patriotic and love their countries just as deeply.  However, while I sit here in my American home, I praise the Lord that He’s given me a home here in the land of the free and the Brave.

I love our system of government.  It grieves me to see Americans tossing our heritage aside in an attempt to “ape” other countries.  We don’t need to create our own system of socialism in order to see that it doesn’t work.  Watching the world’s systems of taxation and nationalized health care shows people on waiting lists for simple procedures and an amazing number coming to America instead.  Why are we trying to recreate what has already proven to fail.

Freedom is precious.  However, due to peer pressure and concern for “looking” politically correct rather than serving the best interests of our nation and our freedoms, we’re about to toss aside more of our freedoms in order to “look good” to the United Nations.  A treaty, in our system of government, supersedes our constitution.  If the UN Treaty on the Rights of the Child is passed, parental rights will be tossed down the governmental drain.  No longer will parents be able to decide if being held back or advanced to the next grade based upon their knowledge of their child’s strengths and weaknesses is the right decision.  No, now the collective thoughts of whomever, in addition to the child’s wishes will suddenly replace parental decisions.  Never fear, however, you’ll still be responsible for those decisions made for you.  It’s the best of both worlds.  You get all the work done for you and if it fails, never fear!  They’ll blame you.  If the ‘collective’ decides that ten year olds need to be allowed freedom of sexual expression, forget parental concerns of the physical, psychological, spiritual, and emotional ramifications of that decision, the parents’ hands will be tied.

Do I think that extreme scenarios like that will be the norm?  No.  Frankly, I don’t.  Not in my lifetime anyway.  However, I do believe that the unlikelihood of something being used as an extreme is not sufficient reason to reject it.  The fact is, once passed, our hands are tied.  Once we accept this kind of international governmental intrusion into our families, America as we know it, is gone.  Our ancestors already wouldn’t recognize this country.  Less than one hundred years ago, income tax as we know it didn’t exist.  The originators of our current welfare system, less than fifty years ago, wouldn’t recognize what has happened to it.  Twenty years ago, the intrusion into our privacy thanks to the recent “Patriot Act” would have caused an uproar in almost every segment of society.

I am seriously afraid that instead of celebrating America’s Birthday, we’re very close to metaphorically celebrating her retirement.


One thought on “Happy Birthday America!

  1. 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.

    I keep trying to define government like that, but not enough people are willing to listen.

    And “govern” does not equal “rule”.

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