Statement from His Grace, @The_Cad_Says :
Four score and seven months ago our NLU fathers brought forth on this internet, a new forum, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that (almost) all swings are created equal.
They chose to build this forum … But WE chose to grow this forum in this decade, not because it is easy, but because it is hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, one we are prepared to fight for.
We set sail on this rumpled links because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new match play comps to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all golfers. For golf science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if The Refuge occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theatre of … cycling.
So now we are engaged in a great un-civil war, testing whether this forum, or any forum so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. Perhaps it’s fate that today is (almost) the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for your freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We’re fighting for our right to live. To exist!
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what we do here. It is for us the Li Roy followers, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that this forum, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth!
Freedom. 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. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender. We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!