Friday, January 21, 2005

Initial take

After reading through the President's Inaugural Address, here are the bits that stand out to me:

"[I am] mindful of the consequential times in which we live"

"Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave."

"America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way."

"The difficulty of the task is no excuse for avoiding it."

"To serve your people you must learn to trust them."

"You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs."

"From the perspective of a single day, including this day of dedication, the issues and questions before our country are many. From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few. Did our generation advance the cause of freedom? And did our character bring credit to that cause?"

These words, coupled with his consistent actions give me good cause to trust the highest man in my chain of command, and knowing that he understands these "consequential times" is great reassurance that our efforts in Iraq and elsewhere are not in vain.