Thursday, January 20, 2005

Freedom & God: Our Founding and Our Destiny - George W. Bush

Today marked the inauguration of George W. Bush's second term as President of the United States of America. To conservatives the world over, Dubya is a man of great love who believes strongly that we were all created equal and yearn to be free. This was the theme of the 2005 inaugural address as he delivered his speech, "Freedom & God: Our Founding and Our Destiny".

Like words of wisdom that need no interpretation, here are some excerpts from his speech:

"We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."

"The great objective of ending tyranny is the concentrated work of generations. The difficulty of the task is no excuse for avoiding it. America's influence is not unlimited, but fortunately for the oppressed, America's influence is considerable, and we will use it confidently in freedom's cause."

"All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you."

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."

"All Americans have witnessed this idealism, and some for the first time. I ask our youngest citizens to believe the evidence of your eyes. You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers. You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs. Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself - and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country, but to its character."

"And all the allies of the United States can know: we honor your friendship, we rely on your counsel, and we depend on your help. Division among free nations is a primary goal of freedom's enemies. The concerted effort of free nations to promote democracy is a prelude to our enemies' defeat."

There is no mistaking the warning this speech sends to Iran and North Korea. On January 30th, the Iraqi people go to the polls to elect a governing body that will oversee the drafting of a new Iraqi constitution. Sometime in the coming year, this constitution will be unveiled and Iraqis will have the opportunity to ratify it in a nation wide referendum. With this document in place, Iraq will again go to the polls in December to elect a constitutional government. By then the job in Iraq will be done and America's military will be free to continue the fight.

The 21st century has seen America and her allies bring freedom to over 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq. America has always considered Canada a good friend, relied on our counsel and depended on our help.

For the sake of God and freedom, we hope this continues.


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