Touching monologue about the Pledge of Allegiance spoken by Red Skelton


Our society is changing every day with all the progress and development.

Though, it seems that in the whole world there is place only for technical progress but not for personal one. Human’s values and aims have changed a lot. Before, people cared about national development; they were real patriots of their country, they were loyal to the national anthem and flag and now every man is for himself. They have forgotten the Pledge of Allegiance.

Though it is not a simple pledge of loyalty to a «piece of cloth», nor swearing of allegiance to the politicians operating the center of a sovereign Government, but a reminder that in a Republic, those politicians are meant to be employees of a national population, and who are meant to work towards the idea of guaranteeing the freedom of the individuals of that nation.

America has been through a lot of different things since the last half decade or so. We have seen many changes – some are good, some are bad. And as this video shows, there are some things that still remain the same even after all those years have gone by.

If you went to a school in the US, you probably remember the Pledge of Allegiance. It was written by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and adopted by U.S. Congress in 1945. The words “under God” were added less than 10 years later under President Eisenhower.


Comedian Red Skelton used to have one of the most successful shows on TV during that time. In this video, we get to see a clip from The Red Skelton Hour, all the way back from 1969.

The man talks about the Pledge of Allegiance and he speaks in such a way that he really touches your heart – even this day. With the debate about taking out “under God” from the pledge, it gets you thinking about what Skelton says.

America is a melting pot of different cultures. People from all around the world come to the USA with hopes and dreams of a better life. It is a diverse nation, and similar to other diverse nations, it has faced tensions between various groups.

These days, tensions between races and religions are really prevalent. So it is a really good idea to recall this monologue by Red Skelton, spoken almost 50 years ago!

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