I Speak for Democracy

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I Speak for Democracy

Posted 16 September 2007

The following was published in The Huntsville Item ca 1954. My high school English teacher/speech coach encouraged me to memorize it and use it in a speech contest during my senior year in high school. For weeks she worked with me, making sure I was correctly pronouncing all the strange words (to me they were strange) ... ensuring that I was putting strong emphasis on certain phrases or words. It was at that time of my life I learned that Anna Pavlova was a Russian ballerina who died in 1931. Because of the research my teacher had me doing, I was introduced to the Marne River which is a French watercourse that flows into the Seine River. The Marne River and the Argonne Forest were battle sites in the Great War ... World War I. I learned that Salerno was located in Italy while Normandy was a beach on the coast of France; both played prevalent parts in World War II, as did the Japanese island of Okinawa. You see, not only did I use the following writing as part of my speech class, it was used as a history lesson as well.

I Speak for Democracy

By Elizabeth Ellen Evans

Compliments of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Akron, Ohio
CA 1954

I am an American.

Listen to my words, Fascist, Communist.

Listen well, for my country is a strong country, and my message is a strong message.

I am an American, and I speak for democracy.

My ancestors have left their blood on the green at Lexington and the snow at Valley Forge

...on the walls of Fort Sumter and at Gettysburg

...on the waters of the River Marne and in the shadows of the Argonne Forest\

...on the beachheads of Salerno and Normandy and the sands of Okinawa

...on the bare, bleak hills called Pork Chop and Old Baldy and Heartbreak Ridge.

A mission and more of my countrymen have died for freedom.

My country is their eternal monument.

They live in the laughter of a small boy as he watches a circus clown's antics

...and in the sweet delicious coldness of the first bite of peppermint ice cream on the

Fourth of July

...in the little tenseness of a baseball crowd as the umpire calls "Batter up!"

...in the high school band's rendition of the "Stars and Stripes Forever" in the

Memorial Day parade

...in the clear, sharp ring of a school bell on a fall morning

...And in the triumph of a six-year-old as he reads aloud for the first time.

The live on in the eyes of an Ohio farmer surveying his acres of corn and potatoes a pasture

...and in the brilliant gold of hundreds of acres of wheat stretching across the flat miles of Kansas

...in the milling of cattle in the stockyards of Chicago

...the precision of an assembly line in an automobile factory in Detroit

...and the perpetual red glow of the nocturnal skylines of Pittsburgh and Birmingham and Gary.

They live on in the voice of a young Jewish boy saying the sacred words from the Torah: "Hear O Israel; the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Thou shalt love the Lord with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy might."

...and in the voice a Catholic girl praying: "Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ... "

...and in the voice of a Protestant boy singing: "A mighty Fortress is our God.Bulwark never failing ... "

An American named Carl Sandbur wrote these words:

"I know a Jew fishcrier down on Maxwell Street with a voice like a north wind blowing over corn stubble in January. He dangles herring before prospective customers evincing a joy identical with that of Pavlova dancing. His face is that of a man terribly glad to be selling fish, terribly glad that God made fish, and customers to whom he may call his wares from a pushcart."

There is a voice in the soul of every human being that cries out to be free. America has answered that voice.

American has offered freedom and opportunity such as no land before her has ever known, to a Jew fishcrier down on Maxwell Street with the face of a man terribly glad to be selling fish.

She has given him the right to own his pushcart, to sell his herring on Maxwell Street,

...she has given him an education for his children, and a tremendous faith in the nation that has made these things his.

Multiply that fishcrier by 160,000,000----160,000,000 mechanics and farmers and housewives and coal miners and truck drivers and chemists and lawyers and plumbers and priests----all glad, terribly glad to be what they are, terribly glad to be free to work and eat and sleep and speak and love and pray and live as they desire, as they believe!

And those 160,000,000 Americans----those 160,000,000 free Americans----have more roast beef and mashed potatoes, the yield of American labor and land;

more automobiles and telephones

more safety razors and bathtubs

more Orlon sweaters and aureomycin, the fruits of American initiative and enterprise;

more public schools and life insurance policies, the symbols of American security and faith in the future;

more laughter and song----

than any other people on earth!

This is my answer, Fascist, Communist!

Show me a country greater than our country, show me a people more energetic, creative, progressive-----

bigger hearted and happier than our people, not until then will I consider your way of life.

For I am an American, and I speak for democracy.

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