These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions.
The Soviets are leaving Afghanistan. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?
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You meet heroes across a counter—and they are on both sides of that counter. Each one of those markers is a monument to the kinds of hero I spoke of earlier.
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Their values sustain our national life. I think we have stopped a lot of what needed stopping.
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. Given my broader views , I obviously have some objections. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free.
Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. Joseph Warren, President of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, "Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of....
If we look to the answer as to why, for so many years, we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here, in this land, we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inauguration Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.
I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.