"William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.How low have we come in fifty years? From aiming to the moon to not being able to do such a juvenile thing as balance a budget. Americans today have the courage of a twelve year old.
If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred."
I remember in a very small way the attitude that I once felt, growing up as American. That the age of progress is here. That we are contributors to the great human struggle, to be the best we can be.
Americans today must honestly admit that they have become the very reason 'man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is...deterred.' We hold a position of responsibility in the world. Instead of being the main instigators of progress, we are the main instigators of inflation and economic debasement. Instead of being the main instigators of peace, we are the primary instigator of three concurrent wars.
"The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not...
We mean to be a part of it--we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond "And so the progress of the world cannot be deterred, regardless of whether we lead it or not. The emerging nations are hungry for growth, discovery and innovation in ways not seen since America first industrially developed. Our minuscule leading edge does not give us the right to loaf, it is the very reason we can charge even further ahead in the advancement of humanity.
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.Today, we choose to watch TV, to drive gas-guzzling cars, to buy unaffordable houses. Not because it is hard, but because it is easy. Because so few of us can judge for ourselves outside of the pressures of society what is right, good and just. This has been the case since they assassinated the first Catholic president. They must have assassinated the soul of America as well.
When will you do the rights things, the just things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard?