Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Red's Pledge
Tonight on Hannity and Colmes, on the Fox News Channel, there was a small presentation. Red Skelton's wife sent them a copy of Red Skelton's version of the Pledge of Allegiance. Appearing to be vellum bound in a beautiful folio, the item itself was beautiful. Its beauty paled in comparison, however, when they displayed a picture of a young Red Skelton, and played the audio of Red Skelton reciting his own version of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was moving, beautiful, and it actually made this ornery millwright's eyes water.

With the recent court decision and the controvery surrounding it (one senator calling the judges "irresponsible" and "stupid") this was an excellent time for Mr. Skelton's words. No matter what happens, with or without "under God", Mr. Skelton's interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance will always be timely and beautiful.

The Shriners, that bastion of America's values and tradition, have a page with Red Skelton's words and voice. I hope the few who make it here go there and enjoy Red Skelton's voice and words.


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