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The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe -- the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.
We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
And as for the progeny of the Boomers, we are even more doomed than we were. The spoiled Boomers have raised kids who are even lazier and more spoiled (and ill-mannered) than themselves. They lack any and all discipline, and the education system that the Boomers created has failed us consistently. I feel so bad for the few remaining members of our Greatest Generation who still remain with us, as they lived long enough to see their children crap all over that which they spilled both blood, sweat and tears to create. So the next time you go to post in one of the many political or social threads, ask yourself that all important question that President Kennedy asked us to ponder some 50 years ago, "...ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." If we don't get away from the "me" mentality, our society is doomed... that will be our legacy to future generations... But alas, I fear it is already too late...