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...