Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We reject as the false choice...

President Obama, speaking a few minutes ago:

We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.

Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine,
drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a
charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light
the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.

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. Recall that earlier generations faced
down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with
sturdy alliances and enduring convictions.

They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it
entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows
through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of
our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of
humility and restraint. We are the keepers of this legacy.