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THREAD: JFK's JULY 4 SPEECH, 1946

1. SOME ELEMENTS OF THE AMERICAN CHARACTER
2. WE STAND TODAY IN
THE SHADOW OF HISTORY

WE GATHER HERE IN THE
VERY CRADLE OF LIBERTY

IT IS AN HONOR AND A
PLEASURE TO BE THE
SPEAKER OF THE DAY—
3. AN HONOR BECAUSE OF THE
LONG AND DISTINGUISHED LIST
OF NOTED ORATORS WHO HAVE
PRECEDED ME ON THIS PLATFORM,

A PLEASURE BECAUSE ONE OF THAT
HONORED LIST WHO STOOD HERE
FIFTY YEARS AGO, AND WHO IS WITH
US HERE TODAY, IS MY GRANDFATHER
4. IT HAS BEEN THE CUSTOM FOR
THE SPEAKER OF THE DAY TO LINK
HIS THOUGHTS ACROSS THE YEARS
TO CERTAIN CLASSIC IDEALS OF THE
EARLY AMERICAN TRADITION

I SHALL DO THE SAME
5. I PROPOSE TODAY TO
DISCUSS ELEMENTS OF THE
AMERICAN CHARACTER WHICH
HAVE MADE THIS NATION GREAT

IT IS WELL FOR US TO RECALL
THEM TODAY, FOR THIS IS A DAY
OF RECOLLECTION

AND A DAY OF HOPE
6. A NATION'S CHARACTER,
LIKE THAT OF AN INDIVIDUAL,
IS ELUSIVE

IT IS PRODUCED PARTLY BY THINGS
WE HAVE DONE AND PARTLY BY WHAT
HAS BEEN DONE TO US

RESULT OF PHYSICAL FACTORS,
INTELLECTUAL FACTORS,
SPIRITUAL FACTORS
7. IT IS WELL FOR US TO CONSIDER OUR
AMERICAN CHARACTER, FOR IN PEACE,
AS IN WAR, WE WILL SURVIVE OR FAIL
ACCORDING TO ITS MEASURE
8. RELIGIOUS ELEMENT [i]

OUR DEEP RELIGIOUS SENSE
IS THE FIRST ELEMENT OF THE
AMERICAN CHARACTER WHICH
I WOULD DISCUSS THIS MORNING

THE SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN
CHARACTER HAS ALWAYS BEEN
A DEEP RELIGIOUS SENSE
9. THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
DOWN TO THE PRESENT A
DEVOTION TO FUNDAMENTAL
RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES HAS
CHARACTERIZED AMERICAN
THOUGHT AND ACTION
10. OUR GOVERNMENT WAS FOUNDED
ON THE ESSENTIAL RELIGIOUS IDEA OF
INTEGRITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL

IT WAS THIS RELIGIOUS SENSE
WHICH INSPIRED THE AUTHORS OF
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE:
11. “WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS
TO BE SELF-EVIDENT:

THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED
EQUAL;

THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY
THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN
INALIENABLE RIGHTS."
12. OUR EARLIEST LEGISLATION
WAS INSPIRED BY THIS DEEP
RELIGIOUS SENSE:

"CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW
PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE
OF RELIGION."
13. OUR FIRST LEADER,
WASHINGTON, WAS INSPIRED
BY THIS DEEP RELIGIOUS SENSE:

"OF ALL OF THE DISPOSITIONS AND
HABITS WHICH LEAD TO POLITICAL
PROSPERITY, RELIGION AND MORALITY
ARE INDISPENSABLE SUPPORTS."
14. LINCOLN WAS INSPIRED BY
THIS DEEP RELIGIOUS SENSE:

"THAT THIS NATION, UNDER GOD,
SHALL HAVE A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM,
AND THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE,
BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE
SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH."
15. OUR LATE, LAMENTED PRESIDENT
WAS INSPIRED BY THIS DEEP RELIGIOUS
SENSE:

"WE SHALL WIN THIS WAR, AND IN
VICTORY WE SHALL SEEK NOT
VENGEANCE,

BUT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN
INTERNATIONAL ORDER IN WHICH
THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST SHALL RULE
THE HEARTS OF MEN AND NATIONS
16. THUS WE SEE THAT THIS NATION
HAS EVER BEEN INSPIRED BY ESSENTIAL
RELIGIOUS IDEAS

THE DOCTRINE OF SLAVERY WHICH
CHALLENGED THESE IDEAS WITHIN
OUR OWN COUNTRY WAS DESTROYED
17. RECENTLY, THE PHILOSOPHY OF
RACISM, WHICH THREATENED TO
OVERWHELM THEM BY ATTACKS
FROM ABROAD, WAS ALSO MET
AND DESTROYED
18. TODAY THESE BASIC RELIGIOUS
IDEAS ARE CHALLENGED BY
ATHEISM AND MATERIALISM:
19. AT HOME IN THE CYNICAL
PHILOSOPHY OF MANY OF OUR
INTELLECTUALS, ABROAD IN THE
DOCTRINE OF COLLECTIVISM,

WHICH SETS UP THE TWIN PILLARS
OF ATHEISM AND MATERIALISM AS
THE OFFICIAL PHILOSOPHICAL
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE.
20. INSPIRED BY A DEEPLY
RELIGIOUS SENSE, THIS
COUNTRY, WHICH HAS
EVER BEEN DEVOTED TO
THE DIGNITY OF MAN,

WHICH HAS EVER FOSTERED
THE GROWTH OF THE HUMAN
SPIRIT, HAS ALWAYS MET AND
HURLED BACK THE CHALLENGE
OF THOSE DEATHLY PHILOSOPHIES
OF HATE AND DESPAIR.
21. WE HAVE DEFEATED
THEM IN THE PAST;

WE WILL ALWAYS
DEFEAT THEM.

HOW WELL, THEN, HAS
DETOCQUEVILLE SAID:
23. ”YOU MAY TALK OF THE
PEOPLE AND THEIR MAJESTY,
BUT WHERE THERE IS NO
RESPECT FOR GOD CAN
THERE BE MUCH FOR MAN?

YOU MAY TALK OF THE
SUPREMACY OF BALLOT,
RESPECT FOR ORDER,
DENOUNCE RIOT,
SECESSION—

BUT UNLESS RELIGION IS
THE FIRST LINK, ALL IS VAIN."
24. IDEALISTIC ELEMENT [ii]

ANOTHER ELEMENT IN THE
AMERICAN CHARACTER I BRING
TO YOU IS THE IDEALISM OF
OUR NATIVE PEOPLE

STEMMING FROM THE STRONG
RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF THE FIRST
COLONISTS, DEVELOPED AS
THEY WORKED THE LAND
25. THIS IDEALISM,
THIS FIXED REGARD
FOR PRINCIPLE, HAS
BEEN AN ELEMENT OF
THE AMERICAN CHARACTER

FROM THE BIRTH
OF THIS NATION
TO THE PRESENT DAY
26. IN RECENT YEARS,
THE EXISTENCE OF THIS
ELEMENT IN THE AMERICAN
CHARACTER HAS BEEN
CHALLENGED

BY THOSE WHO SEEK
TO GIVE AN ECONOMIC
INTERPRETATION TO
AMERICAN HISTORY

THEY SEEK TO DESTROY OUR
FAITH IN OUR PAST SO THAT
THEY MAY GUIDE OUR FUTURE

#NIKE
28. THESE CYNICS ARE WRONG,
FOR, WHILE THERE MAY BE SOME
TRUTH IN THEIR INTERPRETATION,

IT DOES REMAIN A FACT, AND A
MOST IMPORTANT ONE, THAT
THE MOTIVATING FORCE OF
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

HAS BEEN THEIR BELIEF THAT
THEY HAVE ALWAYS STOOD
AT THE BARRICADES BY
THE SIDE OF GOD
29. IN REVOLUTIONARY TIMES,
THE CRY “NO TAXATION WITHOUT
REPRESENTATION” WAS NOT AN
ECONOMIC COMPLAINT

RATHER, IT WAS DIRECTLY
TRACEABLE TO THE EMINENTLY
FAIR AND JUST PRINCIPLE THAT
NO SOVEREIGN POWER HAS THE
RIGHT TO GOVERN WITHOUT
THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED
30. ANYTHING SHORT OF
THAT WAS TYRANNY

IT WAS AGAINST THIS
TYRANNY THAT COLONISTS
FIRED THE SHOT HEARD
‘ROUND THE WORLD'
31. THIS BELIEF
IN PRINCIPLE WAS
EXPRESSED MOST
IMPRESSIVELY BY
GEORGE WASHINGTON

AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL
CONVENTION IN 1783

“IT IS PROBABLE THAT
NO PLAN WE PROPOSE
WILL BE ADOPTED...
32. ... PERHAPS ANOTHER
DREADFUL CONFLICT IS TO
BE SUSTAINED

IF, TO PLEASE THE PEOPLE,
WE OFFER WHAT WE OURSELVES
DISAPPROVE, HOW CAN WE
AFTERWARDS DEFEND OUR WORK?

LET US RAISE A STANDARD TO
WHICH THE WISE AND HONEST
CAN REPAIR, THE EVENT IS IN
THE HANDS OF GOD.”
33. THIS IDEALISM,
THIS CONVICTION THAT
OUR EYES HAD SEEN THE
GLORY OF THE LORD

THAT RIGHT WAS RIGHT
AND WRONG WAS WRONG

FINALLY LED TO THE
ULTIMATE CLASH AT
BULL RUN

AND THE LONG
RED YEARS OF THE
WAR BETWEEN STATES
34. AGAIN, THE CYNICS
MAY APPLY THE ECONOMIC
INTERPRETATION TO THIS
CONFLICT:

INDUSTRIAL NORTH VS
AGRICULTURAL SOUTH

THE STRUGGLE OF
THE TWO ECONOMIES
35. SAY WHAT THEY WILL,
IT IS AN UNDENIABLE FACT
THAT THE NORTHERN ARMY
OF VIRGINIA AND THE ARMY
OF THE POTOMAC WERE
INSPIRED BY DEVOTION
TO PRINCIPLE:

ON THE ONE HAND, THE
RIGHT OF SECESSION

ON THE OTHER, THE
BELIEF THAT THE
UNION MUST BE
PRESERVED
36. IN 1917,
THIS ELEMENT OF THE
AMERICAN CHARACTER
WAS STIMULATED BY
THE SLOGANS

“WAR TO END WAR”

AND

“A WAR TO
SAVE DEMOCRACY,”

AGAIN THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE HAD AS THEIR
LEADER A MAN,

WOODROW WILSON,

WHOSE IDEALISM
WAS THE TRADITIONAL
IDEALISM OF AMERICA.
37. TO SUCH A DEGREE
WAS THIS TRUE THAT HE
WAS ABLE TO SAY,

“SOME PEOPLE CALL ME
AN IDEALIST. WELL, THAT
IS THE WAY I KNOW I AM
AN AMERICAN

AMERICA IS THE ONLY
IDEALISTIC NATION
IN THE WORLD.
38. IT IS PERHAPS TRUE
THAT THE AMERICAN
INTERVENTION IN 1917
MIGHT HAVE BEEN
MORE EFFECTIVE

IF THE CASE FOR
AMERICAN INTERVENTION
HAD BEEN REPRESENTED
ON LESS MORALISTIC TERMS
39. AS IT WAS, THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE
EVENTUALLY CAME
TO LOOK UPON
THEMSELVES AS
GIVING FOOD AND
GUNS TO A GENERAL
CAUSE IN WHICH ALL
OTHER PEOPLE HAD
MATERIAL ENDS AND
IN WHICH THEY ALONE
HAD MORAL ENDS
40. THE IDEALISM WITH
WHICH WE HAD ENTERED
BATTLE MADE SUBSEQUENT
DISILLUSIONMENT ALL THE
MORE BITTER

AND REVEALED A
DANGEROUS FACET TO
THIS ELEMENT OF THE
AMERICAN CHARACTER
41. FOR THIS BITTERNESS
A DIRECT RESULT OF OUR
INFLATED HOPES

BROUGHT A RADICAL
CHANGE IN OUR FOREIGN
POLICY AND A RESULTING
WITHDRAWAL FROM EUROPE
42. WE FAILED TO MAKE THE
ADJUSTMENT BETWEEN
WHAT WE HAD HOPED TO
WIN AND WHAT WE ACTUALLY
COULD WIN

OUR IDEALISM WAS
TOO STRONG

WE WOULD NOT COMPROMISE

AND THUS

WE BROUGHT TO OUR
SHOULDERS MUCH OF
THE BURDEN OF THE
RESPONSIBILITY

FOR WORLD WAR II
43. A BURDEN WHICH
WE WOULD NOT THEN
ACKNOWLEDGE BUT FOR
WHICH WE HAVE PAID
FULL PRICE IN RECENT
YEARS

ON DISTANT SHORES,
ON FARAWAY FIELDS
AND VALLEYS AND HILLS,

ON PIECES OF FOREIGN SOIL
WHICH WILL BE FOREVER OURS
44. IT WAS PERHAPS
BECAUSE OF THIS FAILURE
THAT THE SECOND WORLD
WAR NEVER DID BECOME
A CRUSADE AS DID THE FIRST
45. OUR IDEALISM HAD
BECOME TARNISHED,
BUT EXTRAORDINARY
EFFORTS WERE MADE
TO EVOKE IT,

AND IT IS INDUBITABLY
TRUE THAT THE GREAT
MAJORITY OF AMERICANS
HAD STRONG CONVICTIONS
AS TO WHICH SIDE SPOKE
FOR THE RIGHT BEFORE
OUR ENTRY INTO THE WAR
46. IT IS NOW IN THE
POSTWAR WORLD THAT
THIS IDEALISM

THIS DEVOTION TO PRINCIPLE

THIS BELIEF IN THE NATURAL LAW

THIS DEEP RELIGIOUS CONVICTION
THAT THIS IS TRULY GOD’S COUNTRY

AND WE ARE TRULY
GOD’S PEOPLE

WILL MEET ITS GREATEST TRIAL

47. OUR AMERICAN IDEALISM
FINDS ITSELF FACED BY THE
OLD-WORLD DOCTRINE OF
POWER POLITICS

IT IS MEETING WITH
SUCCESSIVE REBUFFS,
AND ALL THIS MAY RESULT
IN A NEW AND EVEN MORE
BITTER DISILLUSIONMENT

IN ANOTHER IGNOMINIOUS
RETREAT FROM OUR
WORLD DESTINY
48. BUT, IF WE REMAIN
FAITHFUL TO THE AMERICAN
TRADITION, OUR IDEALISM
WILL BE A STEADFAST
THING

A CONSTANT FLAME
A TORCH HELD ALOFT
FOR THE GUIDANCE
OF OTHER NATIONS

IT WILL TAKE GREAT FAITH
49. OUR IDEALISM,
THE SECOND ELEMENT OF
THE AMERICAN CHARACTER,
IS BEING SEVERELY TESTED

NOW, ONLY TIME WILL TELL
WHETHER THIS ELEMENT OF
THE AMERICAN CHARACTER
WILL BE TRUE TO ITS
HISTORIC TRADITION
50. PATRIOTIC ELEMENT [iii]

THE THIRD ELEMENT OF
THE AMERICAN CHARACTER
THAT I BRING TO YOU

IS THE GREAT PATRIOTIC
INSTINCT OF OUR PEOPLE
51. FROM OUR PIONEER DAYS,
PERHAPS BECAUSE WE WERE
A PEOPLE WHO DEVELOPED
FROM A BEACHHEAD ON A
TREMENDOUS CONTINENT,

THIS AMERICAN PATRIOTISM
HAS ALWAYS HAD AS ITS
CORE A STRANGE AND
ALMOST MYSTICAL
LOVE OF THE LAND
52. EARLY IN OUR HISTORY
WE ACQUIRED, AS JAMES
TRUSLOW ADAMS
POINTED OUT,

“A SENSE OF UNLIMITED
ENERGY FACE TO FACE
WITH UNLIMITED
RESOURCES”
53. LAND, LAND, LAND

STRETCHING WITH
INCREDIBLE RICHNESS
ACROSS HALF A WORLD

ITS SHEER VASTNESS
MADE IT A CHALLENGE
TO THE AMERICAN SPIRIT
54. THE ENDLESS LAND
STRETCHING TO, THE
WESTERN SUN CAUGHT
THE IMAGINATION OF
MEN WHO FOUNDED
THIS NATION AND
AWAKENED THE
PATRIOTIC SPIRIT

THAT HAS BECOME
SO CHARACTERISTIC OF
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
55. IN THE WORDS
OF AMERICA’S POET
WALT WHITMAN

WE NOTE THIS DEEP
SENSE OF THE LAND:

“LAND OF THE PASTORAL
PLAINS, THE GRASS-FIELD
OF THE WORLD, LAND OF
THOSE SWEET-AIR’D
INTERMINABLE PLATEAUS!
56. LAND OF THE HERD,
THE GARDEN, THE
HEALTHY HOUSE
OF ADOBE!

LAND WHERE THE
NORTHWEST COLUMBIA
WINDS

AND WHERE THE
SOUTHWEST COLORADO
WINDS!

LAND OF THE EASTERN
CHESAPEAKE!

LAND OF THE DELAWARE!
57. LAND OF ONTARIO,
ERIE, HURON, MICHIGAN!

LAND OF THE OLD THIRTEEN!

MASSACHUSETTS LAND!
LAND OF VERMONT
AND CONNECTICUT!

LAND OF THE OCEAN
SHORES!

LAND OF SIERRAS
AND PEAKS!
58. LAND OF BOATMEN
AND SAILORS!

FISHERMEN’S LAND!”

THIS PREOCCUPATION WITH
THE LAND RECORDS ITSELF
IN THE CATALOGUE OF THE
COLONISTS’ GRIEVANCES
AGAINST GEORGE III.
59. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN
REFLECTED IN THE
HIGHEST MOMENTS
OF OUR PATRIOTISM

FOR, THROUGHOUT
THE YEARS, IN THE
EARLY DAYS HERE AT
HOME AND IN RECENT
YEARS ABROAD

AMERICANS HAVE
BEEN EVER READY
TO DEFEND THIS
NATIVE LAND
60. FROM THE BIRTH
OF THE NATION

TO THE PRESENT DAY

FROM THE HEIGHTS OF
DORCHESTER TO THE
BROAD MEADOWS OF
VIRGINIA

FROM BUNKER HILL
TO THE BATTERIES
OF SARATOGA
61. FROM BERGEN’S NECK,
WHERE WAYNE AND MAYLAN’S
TROOPS ACHIEVED SUCH
MARTIAL WONDERS

TO YORKTOWN,
WHERE BRITAIN’S
TROOPS SURRENDERED

AMERICANS HAVE
HEROICALLY EMBRACED
THE SOLDIER’S ALTERNATIVE
OF VICTORY OR THE GRAVE
62. AMERICAN PATRIOTISM
SHOWN AT THE HALLS OF
MONTEZUMA

SHOWN WITH MEADE
AT GETTYSBURG, WITH
SHERIDAN AT WINCHESTER

WITH PHIL CARNEY AT FAIR
OAKS, WITH LONGSTREET
IN THE WILDERNESS

AND SHOWN BY THE FLOWER
OF THE VIRGINIA ARMY WHEN
PICKETT CHARGED AT GETTYSBURG
63. SHOWN BY CAPTAIN
ROWAN, WHO PLUNGED
INTO THE JUNGLES OF
CUBA AND DELIVERED
THE FAMOUS MESSAGE
TO GARCIA

SYMBOL NOW
OF TENACITY AND
DETERMINATION

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Message…
64. IT WAS SHOWN BY
THE FIFTH AND SIXTH
MARINES AT BELLEAU
WOOD

BY THE YANKEE DIVISION
AT VERDUN,

BY CAPTAIN LEAHY

WHOSE LAST ORDER
AS HE LAY DYING WAS
“THE COMMAND IS FORWARD”
65. AND IN RECENT YEARS
IT WAS SHOWN BY THOSE
WHO STOOD AT BATAAN
WITH WAINWRIGHT

BY THOSE WHO FOUGHT
AT WAKE ISLAND WITH
DEVEREAUX

WHO FLEW IN THE
AIR WITH DON GENTILE
66. IT WAS SHOWN BY
THOSE WHO JUMPED
WITH GAVIN

BY THOSE WHO STORMED
THE BLOODY BEACHES
AT SALERNO WITH
COMMANDO KELLY

IT WAS SHOWN BY
THE FIRST DIVISION
AT OMAHA BEACH

BY THE SECOND
RANGER BATTALION
AS IT CROSSED THE
PURPLE HEART VALLEY
BY THE 101ST AS IT
STOOD AT BASTOGNE
67. SHOWN
AT THE BULGE
AT THE RHINE
AND AT VICTORY

WHEREVER FREEDOM
HAS BEEN IN DANGER

AMERICANS WITH A DEEP
SENSE OF PATRIOTISM HAVE
EVER BEEN WILLING TO STAND
AT ARMAGEDDON AND STRIKE
A BLOW FOR LIBERTY
AND THE LORD
68. INDIVIDUALISTIC ELEMENT [iv]

THE AMERICAN CHARACTER HAS
BEEN NOT ONLY RELIGIOUS,
IDEALISTIC, AND PATRIOTIC,
BUT BECAUSE OF THESE
IT HAS BEEN ESSENTIALLY
INDIVIDUAL.

THE RIGHT OF THE INDIVIDUAL
AGAINST THE STATE HAS EVER
BEEN ONE OF OUR MOST
CHERISHED POLITICAL
PRINCIPLES
69. THE AMERICAN
CONSTITUTION HAS
SET DOWN FOR ALL
MEN TO SEE THE
ESSENTIALLY
CHRISTIAN AND
AMERICAN PRINCIPLE

THAT THERE ARE
CERTAIN RIGHTS HELD
BY EVERY MAN WHICH
NO GOVERNMENT
AND NO MAJORITY

HOWEVER POWERFUL
CAN DENY
70. CONCEIVED IN GRECIAN
THOUGHT, STRENGTHENED
BY CHRISTIAN MORALITY,
AND STAMPED INDELIBLY
INTO AMERICAN POLITICAL
PHILOSOPHY

THE RIGHT OF THE INDIVIDUAL
AGAINST THE STATE IS THE
KEYSTONE OF OUR
CONSTITUTION

EACH MAN IS FREE
71. HE IS FREE IN THOUGHT

HE IS FREE IN EXPRESSION

HE IS FREE IN WORSHIP

TO US, WHO HAVE BEEN
REARED IN THE AMERICAN
TRADITION

THESE RIGHTS
HAVE BECOME PART
OF OUR VERY BEING
72. THEY HAVE BECOME
SO MUCH A PART OF
OUR BEING

THAT MOST OF US
ARE PRONE TO FEEL
THAT THEY ARE RIGHTS

UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED

AND UNIVERSALLY EXERCISED
73. BUT THE SAD FACT
IS THAT THIS IS NOT TRUE

THEY WERE DEARLY WON
FOR US ONLY A FEW SHORT
CENTURIES AGO

AND THEY WERE DEARLY
PRESERVED FOR US IN
THE DAYS JUST PAST
74. AND THERE ARE
LARGE SECTIONS OF
THE WORLD TODAY
WHERE THESE RIGHTS
ARE DENIED

AS A MATTER OF
PHILOSOPHY AND
AS A MATTER OF
GOVERNMENT

WE CANNOT ASSUME
THAT THE STRUGGLE
IS ENDED

IT IS NEVER-ENDING
@realDepIorabIe @RodSneaky 75. ETERNAL VIGILANCE
IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY

IT WAS THE PRICE
YESTERDAY

IT IS THE PRICE TODAY

AND IT WILL EVER
BE THE PRICE
76. THE CHARACTERISTICS
OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
HAVE EVER BEEN

A DEEP SENSE
OF RELIGION

A DEEP SENSE
OF IDEALISM

A DEEP SENSE
OF PATRIOTISM

AND A DEEP SENSE
OF INDIVIDUALISM

LET US NOT BLINK THE
FACT THAT THE DAYS
WHICH LIE AHEAD
OF US ARE BITTER ONES
77. MAY GOD GRANT THAT
AT SOME DISTANT DATE
ON THIS DAY [JULY 4]

AND ON THIS PLATFORM

THE ORATOR MAY
BE ABLE TO SAY

THAT THESE ARE STILL
THE GREAT QUALITIES
OF THE AMERICAN
CHARACTER

AND THAT THEY
HAVE PREVAILED

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