It's nice to hear a voice from another country say something nice about the United States and an encouragement to know that there are freedom loving people around the world who support us as we struggle to maintain that spirit of American exceptionalism that Nick Adams describes in such moving terms.
As I absorbed the impact of Adams' words, I recalled another speech, calling on my parents' generation to defend freedom.
If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what's at stake. We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
Reagan's words are particularly meaningful to me; when he speaks of "our children's children," I picture my three, beautiful grandchildren. The oldest is six; the youngest, one. They're barely old enough to have bank accounts, let alone credit cards, but they're already carrying a crushing load of debt.
For Congress to continue, and for the President to continue to campaign for, their course of reckless deficit spending is nothing short of selling our grandchildren - my grandchildren! - into slavery. I guess they wouldn't be smiling if they could feel those chains.