You might state George W. Bush desires to make America great once again.
In leave the presidential line blank– is going back into the spotlight and planning to take hold of the conversation around what America suggests at this minute.
“Americans have fantastic advantage,” Bush said. “To restore our country, we just need to remember our values.”
Here’s a transcript of Bush’s remarks:
“We are gathered in the cause of liberty this is a distinct moment. The excellent democracies deal with brand-new and major risks– yet seem to be losing self-confidence in their own calling and proficiency. Economic, political and nationwide security difficulties multiply, and they are intensified by the tendency to turn inward. The health of the democratic spirit itself is at issue. And the renewal of that spirit is the immediate job at hand.
“Because The Second World War, America has encouraged and benefited from the global advance of complimentary markets, from the strength of democratic alliances, and from the advance of totally free societies. At one level, this has actually been a raw estimation of interest. The 20th century included some of the worst scaries of history since dictators devoted them. Free countries are less most likely to threaten and fight each other. And totally free trade assisted make America into a global economic power.
“For more than 70 years, the presidents of both parties thought that American security and prosperity were directly connected to the success of liberty worldwide. And they understood that the success depended, in large part, on U.S. leadership. This objective came naturally, because it revealed the DNA of American idealism.
“We understand, deep down, that repression is not the wave of the future. We understand that the desire for freedom is not restricted to, or owned by, any culture; it is the innate hope of our humankind. We know that totally free federal governments are the only way to ensure that the strong are simply and the weak are valued. And we know that when we forget our suitables, it is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those accuseded of preserving and securing democracy.
“This is not to undervalue the historic challenges to the development of democratic organizations and a democratic culture. Such problems nearly ruined our country– which should motivate a spirit of humility and a patience with others. Flexibility is not simply a political menu option, or a diplomacy trend; it should be the defining commitment of our nation, and the hope of the world.
“That appeal is proved not just by the material of individuals’s hopes, but a notable hypocrisy: No democracy pretends to be a tyranny. A lot of tyrannies pretend they are democracies. Democracy remains the meaning of political legitimacy. That has actually not altered, which will not alter.
“Yet for years, challenges have been gathering to the principles we hold dear. And, we must take them seriously. A few of these issues are external and apparent. Here in New York City City, you understand the danger of terrorism all too well. It is being battled even now on distant frontiers and in the concealed world of intelligence and security. There is the frightening, developing hazard of nuclear expansion and outlaw programs. And there is an aggressive difficulty by Russia and China to the standards and guidelines of the worldwide order– proposed modifications that constantly seem to include less regard for the rights of totally free countries and less liberty for the person.
“These matters would be challenging under any scenarios. They are even more complicated by a pattern in western countries far from global engagement and democratic confidence. Parts of Europe have actually developed an id. We have actually seen insolvency, financial stagnancy, youth unemployment, anger about migration, resurgent ethno-nationalism, and deep concerns about the meaning and sturdiness of the European Union.
“America is not immune from these patterns. In current years, public confidence in our institutions has decreased. Our governing class has actually often been incapacitated in the face of obvious and pushing requirements. The American dream of upward movement appears out of reach for some who feel forsaken in a changing economy. Discontent deepened and honed partisan conflicts. Bigotry appears emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and straight-out fabrication.
“There are some indications that the intensity of assistance for democracy itself has actually waned, particularly among the young, who never ever experienced the galvanizing ethical clarity of the Cold War, or never ever concentrated on the ruin of entire countries by socialist main preparation. Some have called this “democratic deconsolidation.” Actually, it seems to be a combination of weariness, frayed moods, and lapse of memory.
“We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can appear like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too quickly into animosity. Argument intensifies into dehumanization. Too often, we evaluate other groups by their worst examples while evaluating ourselves by our best intentions– forgetting the image of God we must see in each other.
“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism– forgotten the dynamism that migration has actually constantly brought to America. We see a fading self-confidence in the worth of free enterprises and international trade– forgetting that dispute, instability, and hardship follow in the wake of protectionism.
“We have seen the return of isolationist beliefs– forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the mayhem and anguish of remote locations, where risks such as terrorism, transmittable illness, criminal gangs and drug trafficking have the tendency to emerge.
“In all these methods, we have to recall and recover our own identity. Americans have an excellent benefit: To renew our country, we just need to remember our worths.
“This becomes part of the factor we satisfy here today. How do we start to motivate a new, 21st century American consensus on behalf of democratic liberty and free markets? That’s the question I positioned to scholars at the Bush Institute. That is what Pete Wehner and Tom Melia, who are with us today, have responded to with “The Spirit of Liberty: In The House, On The Planet,” a Call to Action paper.
“The suggestions come in broad categories. Here they are: First, America should harden its own defenses. Our country should reveal resolve and strength in the face of external attacks on our democracy. Which begins with challenging a brand-new era of cyber risks.
“America is experiencing the sustained attempt by a hostile power to feed and exploit our country’s departments. According to our intelligence services, the Russian government has made a job of turning Americans versus each other. This effort is broad, methodical and sneaky, it’s carried out throughout a variety of social networks platforms. Eventually, this assault won’t be successful. Foreign aggressiveness– including cyber-attacks, disinformation and monetary influence– must not be downplayed or tolerated. This is a clear case where the strength of our democracy starts at house. We should secure our electoral infrastructure and secure our electoral system from subversion.
“The second classification of suggestions worries the forecast of American leadership– keeping America’s role in sustaining and protecting an international order rooted in flexibility and free enterprises.
“Our security and success are only discovered in smart, continual, worldwide engagement: In the growing of new markets for American products. In the confrontation of security obstacles before they fully materialize and show up on our shores. In the fostering of worldwide health and advancement as alternatives to suffering and bitterness. In the attraction of skill, energy and business from all over the world. In serving as a shining wish for refugees and a voice for dissidents, human rights defenders, and the oppressed.
“We ought to not be blind to the economic and social dislocations caused by globalization. Individuals are harming. They are mad. And, they are annoyed. We must hear them and assist them. But we can’t wish globalization away, anymore than we might wish away the farming revolution or the commercial revolution. One strength of free societies is their capability to adapt to financial and social disturbances. And that must be our goal: to prepare American workers for new opportunities, to care in useful, empowering methods for those who might feel forsaken. The primary step should be to enact policies that motivate robust economic growth by opening the potential of the private sector, and for letting loose the creativity and empathy of this country.
“A third focus of this file is strengthening democratic citizenship. And here we should put particular emphasis on the worths and views of the young.
“Our identity as a country– unlike numerous other nations– is not figured out by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. Being an American involves the accept of high perfects and civic duty. We become the successors of Thomas Jefferson by accepting the perfect of human self-respect found in the Declaration. We become the successors of James Madison by comprehending the genius and worths of the U.S. Constitution. We become the successors of Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing one another not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
“This implies that individuals of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and similarly American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy versus the American creed.
“And it indicates that the really identity of our country depends on the death of civic suitables to the next generation.
“We need a restored emphasis on civic learning in schools. And our youths require favorable role models. Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides approval for ruthlessness and bigotry, and jeopardizes the moral education of kids. The only method to pass along civic worths is to very first measure up to them.
“Finally, the Call to Action calls on the significant organizations of our democracy, public and personal, to purposely and urgently take care of the issue of declining trust. For instance, our democracy needs a media that is transparent, accurate and reasonable. Our democracy needs religious organizations that demonstrate integrity and champion civil discourse. Our democracy needs organizations of higher knowing that are examples of reality and totally free expression.
“In other words, it is time for American institutions to step up and supply cultural and moral leadership for this country.
“Ten years ago, I attended a Conference on Democracy and Security in Prague. The goal was to put human rights and human liberty at the center of our relationships with repressive governments. The Prague Charter, signed by champs of liberty Vaclav Havel, Natan Sharansky, Jose Maria Aznar, called for the isolation and ostracism of routines that suppress tranquil opponents by hazards or violence.
“Little did we understand that, a decade later, a crisis of self-confidence would be establishing within the core democracies, making the message of flexibility more prevented and wavering. Little did we understand that repressive federal governments would be carrying out a significant effort to encourage department in western societies and to undermine the legitimacy of elections.
“Repressive competitors, along with skeptics here in your home, misunderstand something important. It is the great benefit of free societies that we artistically adapt to challenges, without the direction of some central authority. Self-correction is the secret strength of liberty. We are a country with a history of strength and a genius for renewal.
“Today, among our worst national problems is a deficit of self-confidence. The cause of liberty validates all our faith and effort. It still inspires men and ladies in the darkest corners of the world, and it will influence a rising generation. The American spirit does not state, ‘We will manage,’ or ‘We shall reconcile it.’ It states, ‘We shall conquer.’ Which is precisely what we will do, with the help of God and one another.
“Thank you.Copyright 2017
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