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Citizens, arise – answer the call of history

Tue 2013-Jan-22 @ MYT 10:25:29 am
You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

 

…what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time…history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing…while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth…

‎We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still…

…the oath I have sworn before you today…was an oath to God and country, not party or faction….They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.

You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.
BARACK OBAMA
22 Jan 2013
Second inaugural speech » Full text

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  1. Shadaan permalink
    Sun 2013-Jan-27 @ MYT 14:42:59 pm 14:42

    To love a country is normal and natural, but when that love is used by exploiters, usually politicians and to some degree religious leaders to exploit the population in their own interest it is called nationalism. They carry the religion and god in one hand and a gun in the other. People under a strict rule of another country want freedom, so they turn to nationalism and revolt, to fight for their freedom. (Think Vietnam.)The world is dominated by cunning and ruthless exploiting ideological leaders who believe that waging war and control is the answer to all our economic and political woes of the world. This spirit of nationalism used by exploiters is the greatest menaces that have plagued our earth since time. Every individual should be free to live fully, completely. As long as one tries to liberate one’s own particular country and not man, there must be racial hatreds, exploitation and the divisions of people. The problems of man must be solved as a whole, not as confined to countries or peoples. It is because we as nationalists are always ready to defend our sovereign States, our beliefs and acquisitions, that we as a nation must be armed. Ideologies have become more important to us than human life, so there is constant antagonism and violence between countries. By maintaining the sovereignty of our country, we are destroying our children; by worshiping the State, we are sacrificing our children to our own gratification. Nationalism and sovereign governments are the causes and instruments of war. Talking about ideology that rules nations it seems that we want peace only as an idea, and not in the actual sense. The word peace is always mentioned by world leaders and discussed amongst politicians but there is no peace on earth. We are attached to the world of ideas and not to peace. We search for new social and political patterns and not for peace; we are concerned with the reconciliation of effects and not in putting aside the cause of war.

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