Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Independence Day!

Thank you, Walt Whitman.

O I see flashing that this America is only you and me,
Its power, weapons, testimony, are you and me,
Its crimes, likes, thefts, defections, are you and me,
Its Congress is you and me,
The officers, capitols, armies, ships, are you and me,
Its endless gestations of new States are you and me,
The war (that war so bloody and grim, the war I will henceforth forget) was you and me,
Natural and artificial are you and me,
Freedom, language, poems, employments, are you and me,
Past, present, future, are you and me.

I dare not shirk any part of myself,
Not any part of America good or bad,
Not to build for that which builds for mankind,
Not to balance ranks, complexions, creeds, and the sexes,
Not to justify science, nor the march of equality,
Nor to feed the arrogant blood of the brawn beloved of time. . . .

I am for those who walk abreast with the whole earth,
Who inaugurate one to inaugurate all.

Thanks to the world wide web I was reminded of this great NewsHour broadcast from 2001.

2 comments:

Rob Scot said...

This is a cool blog. I like your "this day in history" link.

Tara A. Rowe said...

Thanks, Rob! Stop by anytime you never know what I'll be writing about...