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The famous city of Sparta was once visited by an ambassador from another kingdom He expected to find this great city surrounded by thick protecting walls he was surprised when he saw no battlements at all Where are the walls to defend the city he asked of the King of Sparta Here are the walls of Sparta replied the king showing him his army of first line crack troops Had this ambassador visited our United States today he would also be surprised to find no wall around our cities I should think as a matter of fact it would be extremely difficult even for American know-ho to build a wall around Los Angeles And if our visitor were to ask the question Where is the defense of the Nation he could be shown something of the awesome power of the mighty American Army Navy and Air Force not to mention the enormous economic potential of the country But the true strength of the United States of America lies deeper as it lay in Sparta It is the spirit of both military and people a flaming devotion to the cause of freedom within these borders At this season of anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln it will not be inappropriate to speak about this freedom and what is called the American way of life Freedom is a subject everyone seems to be talking about without seemingly stopping to ask the rather basic question What do we mean by freedom In this matter apparently we all are experts The world of Mr Lincolns day is unbelievably different from this modern age Yet there is a sense in which history is always repeating itself The issues we face today are precisely the issues he spent his life seeking to resolve In his day the issue was sparked by Negro slavery today it is sparked by a militantly atheistic communism that
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