We, the American people, are carrying a heavy responsibility. If liberty is to survive, if the forces of totalitarianism are to be thwarted in their attempts to expand their grips on mankind, much will depend on us.
The most coveted recognition which Hillsdale College can extend is our Freedom Leadership Award, given to a select few who epitomize the leadership necessary to recapture the American dream.
We are here tonight to celebrate the American experience, its glorious legitimacy and success. The drama, excitement, and revolutionary quality of that experience are only barely sensed even by those of us who are carriers of it today.
The most sudden and sweeping upheaval in beliefs and values has taken place in this century. No generation in the history of human thought has seen such swift and radical inversion of ideas and ideals as in our lifetime.
What I want to talk about today is something that my confreres in the world of literature and journalism resist: the notion that ideas can become articles of fashion which are adopted with no more foundation than styles in clothing.
I, Pencil, simple though I appear to be, merit your wonder and awe, a claim I shall attempt to prove. If you can become aware of the miraculousness which I symbolize, you can help save the freedom mankind is so unhappily losing.
Science raises many important issues for society—yet none are more important than those being created by genetic engineering.
We can anticipate that recombinant DNA technology will present problems that are as pervasive and disquieting as those that have sprung from nuclear fission.
Without doubt Americans regard themselves as a free people. But how well does their society fit the prescription of freedom?
We can confound the prophets of doom by opening the vast and rich High Frontier of space for industrialization.