Over time, America has been through a lot. However, while many changes have taken place, there are some things that still seem quite relevant today. Even in the past 50 years, many things have stayed the same or close to it.
You probably remember the Pledge of Allegiance if you went to public school in the United States. It was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy; the pledge was adopted by Congress in 1945.
Around that period, Red Skelton was the host of one of the country’s most popular and successful TV shows. In this 1969 episode of comedian’s show, The Red Skelton Hour, Red speaks about the pledge in a way that tugs at your heartstrings, even today.
America is considered to be such a beautiful melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds, with people coming from all over the world to make their dreams come true in the United States.
Americans are incredibly patriotic and see the nation as a place full of opportunity and endless possibilities. It’s a diverse nation that’s faced many different types of tension between different groups of people, and tensions between races and religions remain particularly prevalent – and continue to rise – today.
With Red’s monologue remaining relevant, it’s important to watch now and reflect on the things he said and compare them to the problems the world is currently facing. Even though his words were spoken 50 years ago, they still carry a lot of weight and meaning today.
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