We are at that point where the dawn finds the land; it appears as only a sliver of light and yet, the hopeful among us can see it growing. It is a dawn filled with terrible ecstasy, where the best that is inside of us confronts the worst that is inside of us. We must face ourselves and our peers and our time and attempt what many once thought impossible just a year or so ago. We must attempt to wrestle the sword from the hand of the warlord, a task of dark brutal beauty and Dame Necessity.
If we fail, if we were to turn away, we would abandon ourselves and our children to a world which rather than being enlightened by science is perverted by it. We would give over to Frankenstein's monster the keys to the kingdom. The days of masturbatory Lee Greenwood patriotism are over; I'm not proud to be an American, I'm ashamed to be an American.
"Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it." -- Mark Twain