Contributed by: filbert Friday, January 26 2007 @ 12:38 PM CST
Another section of concrete at the Liberty Memorial collapsedThursday, leading officials to close the observation deck and toweruntil a thorough investigation can be done.
The action does not affect public access to the new World War IMuseum below the deck or to the two buildings above, although they canonly be reached for now by using elevators from below. The tower has nostructural problems but access to it is closed until further notice.
Executive Director Steve Berkheiser said a concrete paver in frontof the tower elevator door was discovered Thursday afternoon to havecollapsed of its own weight. It was the third such collapse recently.There have been no injuries.
Certainly support for liberty is crumbling here in the U.S., as the “last best hope of earth[*2] ” ponders withdrawing from the perpetual and timeless battle for liberty.
Perhaps if George W. Bush had the rhetorical skill of Abraham Lincoln, things might be different:
I do not forget the gravity which should characterize a paper addressed to the Congress of the nation by the Chief Magistrate of the nation. Nor do I forget that some of you are my seniors, nor that many of you have more experience than I, in the conduct of public affairs. Yet I trust that in view of the great responsibility resting upon me, you will perceive no want of respect yourselves, in any undue earnestness I may seem to display.
Is it doubted, then, that the plan I propose, if adopted, would shorten the war, and thus lessen its expenditure of money and of blood? Is it doubted that it would restore the national authority and national prosperity, and perpetuate both indefinitely? Is it doubted that we here–Congress and Executive–can secure its adoption? Will not the good people respond to a united, and earnest appeal from us? Can we, can they, by any other means, so certainly, or so speedily, assure these vital objects? We can succeed only by concert. It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.