Square! Another of the good old words has gone the way of love, modesty and patriotism. Something to be snickered over or out-right laughed at. Why, it used to be that there was no higher compliment you could pay a man than to call him a square shooter. The ad man's promise of a "square deal" once was as binding as an oath on the Bible. But today a square is a guy who volunteers when he doesn't have to. He's a guy who gets his kicks from trying to do a job better than anyone else. He's a guy who gets so lost in his work, he has to be reminded to go home.
A square is a guy who doesn't want to stop off at the bar and get all juiced up because he prefers to go to his own home, his own dinner table, his own bed. He hasn't learned to cut corners or goof off. This nut we call a square gets all choked up when he hears children singing "My Country Tis of Thee". He even believes in God and says so in public.
Some of the odd squares were Nathan Hale, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Ben Franklin. Some of the new squares are Glenn, Grissom, Shepherd, Carpenter, Cooper, Schirra. John Glenn says he gets a funny feeling down inside when he sees the flag go by; says he's proud he belonged to the Boy Scouts of America and the Y.M.C.A. How square can you get!
A square is a guy who lives within his means whether the Joneses do or not and thinks his Uncle Sam should too. He doesn't want to "fly now and pay later".
A square is likely to save some of his own money for a rainy day, rather than count on using yours. A square gets his books out of the library instead of the drug store. He tells his son it's more important to play fair than to win. Imagine!
A square is a guy who reads Scripture when nobody's watching and prays when nobody's listening; a guy who thinks Christmas trees should be green and Christmas gifts hand picked. He wants to see America first in everything. He believes in honoring bother and Father and "Do unto others" and that kind of stuff. He thinks he knows more than his teenager knows about car freedom and curfews.
So, will all you gooney birds answering this description please stand up; you misfits in this brave, new age; you dismally disorganized, improperly apologetic ghosts of the past ... stand up! Stand up and be counted. You squares who turn the wheels and dig the fields and move mountains and put rivets in our dreams; you squares who dignify the human race; you squares who hold the thankless world in place.
Stand with me and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.