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1.20.2005

 

Powerful Ideas in Inauguration Speech

I didn't see the inauguration -- I was in the middle of editing a press release for bill review software, of all things. Thankfully, the full text of Bush's speech is available online. (Here's another link for those who don't want to register with nytimes.com.)

The speech has staying power. A few of the phrases that may be repeated in textbooks someday:

There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.

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.

Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our ideals. Eventually, the call of freedom comes to every mind and every soul. We do not accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we do not accept the possibility of permanent slavery. Liberty will come to those who love it.

[T]here is no justice without freedom, and there can be no human rights without human liberty.

We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom. Not because history runs on the wheels of inevitability; it is human choices that move events. Not because we consider ourselves a chosen nation; God moves and chooses as He wills. We have confidence because freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul.

The man's got some good speech writers.

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