Pledge of Allegiance
by John Wayne
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS--
ONE NATION UNDER GOD,
"I pledge allegiance to the flag"
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
"Of the United States of America"
Whose bright stars are fifty states...each bearing its
own stamp of individuality. People...two hundred million
strong...people who have come to her from all corners of the
"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...wheere 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 couses...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...
WITH LIBERTY...AND JUSTICE...
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