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One of the greatest movie speeches ever (IMO)

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9 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 1 week ago #28968 by HawkErrant
It's been too long since I posted anything here, and I thought of this today as I pondered how the Fates seem to be "plowing the road" ahead for KANSAS. So I had to share it with you here,,,

From the 1996 film INDEPENDENCE DAY...

President Thomas Whitmore (played by Bill Pullman)

Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

I know it's just a film, but for me it rivals Lincoln's Gettysburg Address -- a terse, direct and poignant summation of the importance of what is happening to the future of us all.

Oh yeah, the signpost that got me to it - right after Vietnam vet fighter pilot and current alcoholic California cropduster Russell Casse (pronounced Case and played by Randy Quaid in one of his best roles ever) declares he is there and ready...

President Thomas Whitmore:

Okay, boys, let's give Mr. Casse some cover.
Let's plow the road!

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don’t do anything about it” ~Albert Einstein
Last Edit: 7 months 1 week ago by HawkErrant.
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9 months 2 weeks ago #29134 by porthawk
Definitely a helluva speech, HawkE...and whodathunk that it would come from Roland Emmerich movie! :)

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