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  • [Applause]

  • Let both sides seek to invoke

  • the wonders of science

  • instead of its terrors.

  • Together let us explore the stars,

  • conquer the deserts,

  • eradicate disease,

  • tap the ocean depths,

  • and encourage the arts and commerce.

  • Let both sides unite to heed

  • in all corners of the earth

  • the command of Isaiah

  • to "undo the heavy burdens...

  • ...and let the oppressed go free."

  • And if a beachhead of cooperation

  • may push back the jungle of suspicion,

  • let both sides join in creating

  • a new endeavour,

  • not a new balance of power,

  • but a new world of law,

  • where the strong are just

  • and the weak secure

  • and the peace preserved.

  • All this will not be finished

  • in the first one hundred days

  • Nor will it be finished

  • in the first one thousand days,

  • nor in the life of this administration,

  • nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet

  • But let us begin.

  • [Applause]

  • In your hands, my fellow citizens,

  • more than mine,

  • will rest the final success or failure of our course.

  • Since this country was founded,

  • each generation of Americans

  • has been summoned to give testimony

  • to its national loyalty.

  • The graves of young Americans

  • who answered the call to service

  • surround the globe.

  • Now the trumpet summons us again

  • not as a call to bear arms,

  • though arms we need;

  • not as a call to battle,

  • though embattled we are

  • but a call to bear the burden

  • of a long twilight struggle,

  • year in and year out,

  • "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"

  • a struggle against the common enemies of man:

  • tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

  • Can we forge against these enemies

  • a grand and global alliance,

  • North and South, East and West,

  • that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind?

  • Will you join in that historic effort?

  • [Shouts of "Yes", Applause]

  • In the long history of the world,

  • only a few generations

  • have been granted the role

  • of defending freedom

  • in its hour of maximum danger.

  • I do not shrink from this responsibility,

  • I welcome it.

  • [Applause]

  • I do not believe that any of us

  • would exchange places with any other people

  • or any other generation.

  • The energy, the faith, the devotion

  • which we bring to this endeavour

  • will light our country and all who serve it

  • and the glow from that fire

  • can truly light the world.

  • And so, my fellow Americans:

  • ask not what your country can do for you

  • ask what you can do for your country.

  • [Applause]

  • My fellow citizens of the world:

  • ask not what America will do for you,

  • but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

  • [Applause]

  • Finally, whether you are

  • citizens of America or citizens of the world,

  • ask of us here the same high standards

  • of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you.

  • With a good conscience our only sure reward,

  • with history the final judge of our deeds,

  • let us go forth to lead the land we love,

  • asking His blessing and His help,

  • but knowing that here on earth

  • God's work must truly be our own.

  • [Applause]

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    林明寬 posted on 2015/08/04
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