THE NATION: A Thursday in November

For war avoided, alliances made, pledges kept; For bulging corncribs and busy assembly lines; for U.S. skill, industry and inventiveness, multiplying the native plenty;

For highways that wind through mountains, cross rivers and sweep from coast to coast with no stops at barred frontiers;

For educators, clergymen, editors and officeholders, who sometimes falter but mean to lead;

For friends & neighbors across the hall, across the road, and across the seas;

For open courts and secret ballots; for men who disagree yet still discuss;

For men who, amid the cynical, the corrupt and the strident, strive to make better;

For challenges that excite and tastes that...

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