All Along The Watchtower

All Along The Watchtower

For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, station a watchman, let him tell what he sees. When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs…let him listen diligently, very diligently.” Then the watchman cried, “On the watchtower, O my Lord, I stand constantly by day; And I stay at my post through all the watches of the night. Look, there they come, riders, horsemen in pairs!”

– Isaiah 21: 6-9

We in this country, in this generation, are–by destiny rather than choice–the watchmen on the walls of freedom.  We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restaint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of  “peace on earth, good will toward men.”  That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength.  For as was written long ago: “except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

— John F. Kennedy, remarks prepared for delivery at the Trade Mart, Dallas, Texas, November, 22, 1963


1 Comment »

  1. Hey Uncle Jim. How is it going? Hope all is well.


    Comment by Sean Peterson — July 12, 2009 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

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