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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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JFK Inaugural Address 2 of 2

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林明寬 published on August 4, 2015
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