What do those words mean to you? To me they say, “Thank you, America, for your strength, your courage and your freedom…which has been a beacon to the world for two hundred years.”
“Of the United States of America”
Whose bright stars are fifty states, each bearing its own stamp of individuality. People – two hundred million strong – who have come to her from all corners of the earth.
“And to the Republic for which it stands”
A land of laws with an ingenious system of checks and balances that allows no man to become a tyrant, and lets no group prevail if their power is not tempered with a real concern for the governed. A land where the right of dissent and of free speech is jealously guarded, where the ballot box is the sword and the people its wielder.
“One Nation under God”
A land where freedom of worship is a cornerstone of her being. A land graced with temples and churches, synagogues and altars that rise in profusion to embrace all the religions of the world.
A land forged by the hot steel of raw courage and formed forever by the awful crucible of civil war.
Where man in pursuit of an honest life will not be denied his chance. Where her citizens move freely within her vast borders without hindrance or fear. A land brimming with opportunity where freedom of choice is the guide for all.
The courts of our land are open to all. Its wheels of justice grind for all causes, all people. They look to every avenue for justice, every concern of the law and they temper their reasoning with mercy.
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
This is a copy of the pledge of allegiance that was said by John Wayne on the recording of “America Why I love Her” it came out in 1974 and he was nominated for the album for best spoken album for a Grammy that year. This was the America that John Wayne stood for, the question is, is this still the America that Duke believed in? Did it give you chills to read it and remember when you first said it in school? Think about it the next time you read or hear the pledge .