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Dear young people,
I have been following this our country since I was president, almost eighty years ago, and taking notes on what I saw. I like to put them in my hat and wear them there for preservation, but since today President’s Daythis is a good time to take out a few and draw them up in a letter to you.
I have noticed many signs of “need help” all over this land, in shops, offices and factories. It tells me it’s still a land of opportunity, more opportunities than ever before.
The first thing I want to tell you is: take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that this great country has to offer.
You probably know that I was born in a log cabin and grew up pretty poor. He studied at the school for less than a year. But I loved to read and study, and if I could, went on foot to borrow a book.
I decided to do something for myself, so I used every opportunity I came across. I split logs to make fences, and led the boat down the Mississippi River with a load of goods for sale in New Orleans. For a while, I was a postmaster, surveyor, and clerk at a border store.
It occurred to me to become a lawyer, so I took a law book and went to study. Whenever I had a free minute, I sat on the fence or on a stump, studying in the distance until I became a lawyer, and quite successful.
Along the way, I discovered the secret of success. It’s pretty simple: hard work takes you a long way in life. In any job you undertake, work, work, work is the main thing. And always keep in mind that your determination to succeed matters.
I want to tell you something else. You live in an unusual country, and at an unusual time. Hope you know and appreciate this. Sometimes it’s easy to forget because of all the negative conversations.
Nowadays there is a lot of criticism of our country. Many point the finger at television and online. Much has been written in school textbooks about all the wrongs done in America’s past.
Some conversations are aimed at dividing people. He is trying to convince Americans that some groups want to keep others out and that the country is full of people who cannot tolerate anyone who is not like them.
Don’t let all these negatives embarrass you or make you think less about your compatriots. It will not help you in any way. It will only hold you back in life.
However, in our country there are serious problems that need to be solved. And it is true that some great grievances have happened in the past. When I was president, we waged a terrible war to correct wrong slavery.
But when I look around today, I am amazed at all the good I see and how far the country has come since my time. I see a nation full of people who want the best for their fellow citizens.
I once told Americans that a house divided by itself cannot stand. This is true today. Our strength is in our union. We are all brothers and sisters in our common country. Let’s remember living together as friends.
Let us remember and be proud of this great land, and be thankful to live here. There is no better place to live in the world.
America has helped millions of people make a good living for themselves and their families. It has lifted millions of people out of poverty. It welcomed millions of people to its shores and brought freedom to more people than any other nation in history.
Our strength is in our union. We are all brothers and sisters in our common country. Let’s remember living together as friends.
This freedom is the blessing for which we should be most grateful. It’s easy to take this for granted, but for most of history freedom has been a rarity. Even today, millions of people around the world live without basic rights.
Freedom can slip away quickly, so it needs to be protected. As long as we Americans are firmly in favor of freedom, this country will remain, as I would like to say, the last best hope of the land.
I leave you with the hope that the lamp of freedom will always burn in your hearts. Love this great nation and cherish it. It can help you, like me, go a long way in life.