I said that no sleeping giant had been awakened, that the Freedom Towers had not been built, and I feared for my country.
And this year I could stop there, having written the same, or even worse, for I fear that the strength of the United States, derived from individual rights and Liberty, is being even more rapidly being taken from before our very eyes than before.
And I still fear for the Republic.
And yet, I have seen evidence that the spirit of our founders, is being awakened anew as the peril to our liberties has accelerated.
Nine. Eleven. It always brings to my mind America the Beautiful. We sang the song together in the gym of the school where I taught that day. And this year, I hold stubbornly to this verse:
Whose alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears . . ."
"O Beautiful, for patriot's dream that sees beyond the years,
But those cities will be built by the hands of those who know the rest of the verse:
"America, America, G-d mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law."
The flaw that we must mend is the idea that this great city was built by the lotus-eaters, living in a perpetual state of dependence, and that the night of this great city was lit by those who dwell in land that is "ever afternoon."
It was human liberty that built that great city. The self-control necessary for individuals to forgo immediate gratification in order to save, to plan, to dream the future. Those lights show us where the alabaster buildings will grow, that are now a spark in the minds of the builders. That liberty is expressed in law that protects the rights of the individual, making room for the creative expression of those ideas--those light-bulbs of the mind--that require years to bring to fruition.