February 1, 2004

You can't outrun the history train, bub....

President Bush, speaking at the 20th anniversary of the National Endowment for Democracy.

...Our commitment to democracy is tested in countries like Cuba and Burma and North Korea and Zimbabwe -- outposts of oppression in our world. The people in these nations live in captivity, and fear and silence. Yet, these regimes cannot hold back freedom forever -- and, one day, from prison camps and prison cells, and from exile, the leaders of new democracies will arrive. Communism, and militarism and rule by the capricious and corrupt are the relics of a passing era. And we will stand with these oppressed peoples until the day of their freedom finally arrives.

Our commitment to democracy is tested in China. That nation now has a sliver, a fragment of liberty. Yet, China's people will eventually want their liberty pure and whole. China has discovered that economic freedom leads to national wealth. China's leaders will also discover that freedom is indivisible -- that social and religious freedom is also essential to national greatness and national dignity. Eventually, men and women who are allowed to control their own wealth will insist on controlling their own lives and their own country...

The Left will fight a long and ugly rear-guard action to preserve "rule by the capricious and corrupt," but they are the past, and we are the future...Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive...Yes yes yes. And tho I can't actually call myself young, it gives me a most charmingly youthful feeling to be laughing at stuffed-shirts and fogies and prune-faces.

"liberty pure and whole."

Posted by John Weidner at February 1, 2004 2:50 PM
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