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January 22, 2005

The Best Parts of Bush's Second Inaugural

Here are my favorite quotes from Bush's Second Inaugural:
For a half-century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical -- and then there came a day of fire. ...

Democratic reformers facing repression, prison or exile can know: America sees you for who you are -- the future leaders of your free country.

The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it."

The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to trust them. Start on this journey of progress and justice, and America will walk at your side. ...

Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self.

The last one, in red, is the best.

It is worth noting that most of the speech is addressed to the World, not to America.

Posted by erasmuse at January 22, 2005 09:37 AM

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