Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hope springs

"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

"And so to all other peoples 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.

"To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

"With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."

I may be far from home, but today I am a proud and hopeful American. And I haven't been able to say that for a long, long time.

2 comments:

Zoe said... Best Blogger Tips

We're proud and hopeful, too.

And for a change, a tiny bit envious of your American-ness ;)

Enjoy

Roving Lemon said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks :)

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