Thursday, January 22, 2009

Washington, you said it!


At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it."

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words; 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.

Barack Obama, January 20, 2009, Inaugural Address
Quoting the first president, the rallying cry from forty-fourth is a strong call to arms and a call for hope. Will America hear this call and respond? So far the common thread has been more about what the government can do for me rather than what I can do for our country.
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