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Audio of Inaugural Address - John F. Kennedy (1961)

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we have Eric today. Not a victory of body but a celebration of freedom symbolizing and and as well as a beginning, signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn Oh, full day as prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago. The world is very different now for man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human light. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which are four days for are still at issue around the globe. The belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. We Dan Och, forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go for from this time and place to friend and foe alike that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans born in this century, camp it by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing. Although human rights so which this nation has always been committed and which we are committed today at home and around the world. Let every nation no whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price there any burden me any hardship, support any friend, oppose any phone to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge and more so those old allies whose cultural and spiritually origins we share. We pledge the loyalty of faithful friends united. There is little we cannot dio in a host of cooperative ventures divided. There is little we can do for we dare not me a carful challenge at all. It's and spend a Sunday to those new states. When we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge all word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a farm or iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view, but we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom and to remember that in the past, those who foolishly thought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside. So those people in the huts and Villagers of half the globe struggling to break the bonds off NASA misery. We pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves for whatever period is required, not because the Communist may be doing it not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a pre society I cannot help the many, you are poor. It cannot say the fuel rich to our sister Republics shall kebab water we offer a special pledge to convert are good words in the good genes in a new alliance for progress to assist Freeman and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey off hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americans and let every other power know that this hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house. To that World Assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations our last best hope. In an age where the instruments of war a far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support to prevent it from becoming nearly a forum for invective to strengthen its shield off the new in the week and to enlarge the area in which it's written a run. Finally, So those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we also not a pledge, but a request that both sides begin a new the quest for peace before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science and God, all humanity in planned or accidental self destruction. We dare not tempt them with weakness, for only when our arms are sufficient beyond out can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed? But neither can too great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course. Both strong rights over Bird by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly Adam yet both racing to Walter that on certain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind's final war. So let us begin a new remembering on both sides. That's ability is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to prove. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of the labouring. Those problems which divide us Let both sides for the first time formulates serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations. Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrorists together. Let us explore the stars, talk of the desert, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths and encouraged the arts and commerce. Let both sides unite to heat in all corners of the earth. The command of I say a to undo the heavy burden 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 more where the strong I just and the week secure and the peace preserved. All this will not be finished in the 1st 100 days, nor will it be finished in the 1st 1000 days, nor in the life off this administration, nor even perhaps, in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin in your hands, My fellow citizens more than mine Well, rest the final success off area of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The grades of young Americans who answered the call that service. It's around the globe now. All the trumpet someone's us again. Not as they called to bear arms, though arms we need not as the cold of battle. So in battle 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 food for life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort? In the long history of the world, Onley? A few generations have been granted the role off defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility. I welcome it. 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 endeavor. Well lied, our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly like the world. And so my fellow Americans ask not what your country can do for you at what you can do for your country, my fellow citizens of the world, if not what America will do for you. But what together we can dio for the freedom of man. Finally, whether you are citizens of America are citizens of the world ask of us here the same high standards, off 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 for 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
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