Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Just remember, though, Jacob wrestled the angel, and the angel was overcome.
We Americans are in many ways a collection of fools.
Fools to believe that a government by the people for the people and of the people should NEVER perish from this earth;
fools to believe that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;
fools to think that we should judge people not by the color of their skin but by the fabric of their character;
fools to roar with ecstatic glee at the resonant thunder of Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall;
fools to pledge our allegiance to something as wildly optimistic as a republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL;
fools to cross a great ocean with nothing but the memories of the old on our backs and the exhilarating thrill of a new on our lips.
And to those whose ancestors came over here forced and breathing in the noxious fumes of a wicked minority, we ALL say that there is an ever-renewed hope in the fresh air of the moment and of love. Many of us have gone down the shallow routes of greed, hate, and passive angst, and have dragged others down with us. But America is that which ambles forward, both astounded at our own capacity for evil and yet humble in our assured pursuit of a better future.
We fools want to know what good may come of an America united in its growth and empathetic towards its follies. In this new era of love for our common man, we know undoubtedly of the distractions and pain and weakness and evil in store for our lives. But knowledge is necessary in order to overcome, for who can scale a mountain without first plotting out a path?
We charted an unheard of course for the first 250 years, and have been rewarded with the bounties of a free life; but this life must maintained each day, each moment, so that our next quarter shall provide even greater yields.
The sun only sets on those who consign themselves to the past, content to ride out the current conflict in the shadows and shallow pools of desire and tolerance. These pools are fetid, mirages, a LIE.
Awaken America, the time is upon us.
We shall know ourselves again in the LIGHT, and we shall add to our unrivaled pinnacles of human existence new statements of eternal recognition.
In closing, let us reflect on the triad of the good: All Men are created equal; A government of the people shall NEVER perish from this earth; judge not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.
Peace be with you.