Tuesday, 20 January 2009

'We are ready to lead once more'

The section of the speech that gave hope to those who believe that it is equally important for America to remain resolute in the fight against militant fundamentalism, and to stay true to its values of liberty and justice (via):

We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.

Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.

And so to all other people and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions.

They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humanity and restraint. We are the keepers of this legacy.

Should have added this bit (via Norm):

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

1 comment:

Roland Dodds said...

I do like the bits you posted here. A decent speech, but nothing that blew me away. In fact, parts of it I found to snide towards the previous administration, but perhaps that’s what America and the world were looking to hear.