This Friday was the start of a change. To the extent, we know not yet. But as we reflected back on transitions in history, speeches were a very prominent factor. We have chosen our favorite quotes from inaugural speeches of the past and decided to speak on how they predicted the future. Because we know that history is they key to understanding what is to come.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither.” Since our founding, people have claimed America is different. It is true, we have been given so much from brilliant founders and amazing people thrown into our country, but we’re not exclusive from the rest of the world. In order to stay great, we are expected to maintain a greatness about ourselves. If we want to be different, to be monumental, we have a duty to employ those traits in our personal life. In order to stay virtuous as a country, we must stay virtuous as a people. You’re not excuses from doing what’s right because America is “unlike anything else”. We have a duty to ourselves and a duty to the people around us to hold the country and our daily life to the same standards. Only after we make America good, can it once again be great.
Ronald Reagan said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Today, the government takes too much power. They have completely crossed the boundaries we have set for them in the constitution because we tore down the wall that was to keep them from doing so. Many people complain about the President in particular, they shake their fists but they don’t do anything about it. It seems like the only solution people have is more government. There is very rarely a situation in which more government will improve the situation, but it will make it worse. Will giving more power to a tyrant who already has a lust for that power make him back down? Never. A tyrant will continue to do all he can until someone stops him. More government is not our solution, it is our problem.
Here’s to something new in our country. We never know what may come, but we can hope it’s in the right direction. As the country and government takes a change, let this be a time to make a change in yourself. The country can never prosper if the people do not as well.
To a future of liberty,