Friday, November 23, 2007



Not without struggle will the new America come into being,
But with the knowledge of a virtue once lost to be regained,
And with the knowledge of a hope once dashed
upon the shores of self-seeking,
Now reaffirmed as a promise that belongs to all.

This America will rise on the shoulders of honor
and be uplifted by a heart that longs to serve
the helpless, the downtrodden, the needy.
It will not rise on the shoulders of the mighty,
but on the shoulders of the kind and the generous –
on the strength of those who are fearless in their desire to love.

The new Republic of America shall give to all what belongs to all,
The right to live freely, to breathe purely, to belong to the earth
as the earth belongs to all creatures,
To share in the earth's bounty in a feast that excludes no one,
in which all who are hungry may be fed.

This America will no longer tolerate the haughty and the proud,
Those who seek stature through gaining power over others
or through the dissembling that makes one look better
that another may look worse.

Tolerance will be a foundation in this new America,
But more than tolerance will be needed
by those who seek to represent the people.
For these, in particular, will need to be humble before God and man.
They will need to be devoted to ideals that will be of benefit to all -
that will share with all the abundance of an abundant land.

Those who will lead America will not act in order to save face,
But will already possess a face that speaks the truth
and that seeks to follow it.
In all things, the new America shall hold itself to a standard of honor
that refuses to allow a pandering to self-interest
in order that some may have more, while others have less.
It will, in upholding this standard, recognize that there is no self-interest
that does not include the interest of all,
And there is no accomplishment that does not satisfy
what the hearts of all men long for.

This standard, held high, shall bar none, shall exclude no one,
And, holding itself accountable to a higher measure of justice and mercy,
shall embrace all as one people,
manifested as many,
humble before God.

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