On November 19th, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke of a nation, brought forth on this continent, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. On January 20, 1961, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy spoke that the torch has been passed to a new generation, and that this generation was unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of these hu man
rights, to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
That they will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
I have yet to hear from a true leader of this era that this torch is still lit, that one day; my generation will be passed the responsibility and the freedom that it entitles. Instead I am told that I will be left a world deteriorated and dying, a world that my children and I must work to save. What has been said is not what needs to be heard.
What we need to hear is that America is alive and well, that we are as strong as we have ever been and that we are still unwilling to witness, or permit, the undoing of the human rights that our nation was conceived from and is dedicated to. That whether you suffer from poverty in America, AIDS in Africa, tyranny in the Middle East, or genocide anywhere around the world, we are still pledged to help
you. Not because communists may be doing it, not because we seek their vote, but because it is right. That we as a nation, continue to work toward the freedom of man.
I do not doubt that we will succeed in fulfilling the ambitions of President Kennedy. But it has been 100 days, and it has been 1000 days, and it is past the lifetime of President Kennedy. The work was begun and it has been continued and the work must either continue or it will have all been in vain. Our nation has long endured, and we will endure to the end of time. We are engaged in a war against terrorism, against men, women, and children that wish to do our nation harm, because of our beliefs. We are engaged in a struggle to preserve our natural resources, and to maintain the world we live in, for our grand-children and their grand-children. We are engaged in a fight against new d iseases and illnesses, and time
is running out. We have all lost friends and loved ones in these struggles. We must go forth to lead the land we love to a new age and to continued prosperity and to commemorate the sacrifice of our fathers.
“The world will little note, nor long 4seohunt.com/www/efishkin.com. remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
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