There has now been a complete role reversal. It is the conservatives who, led by President Bush, are summoning us to greatness: to spread liberty, to free the slaves, to defend human dignity. As my White House friend said, ?This president is intent on shaping history, not impeding it.? It?s the liberals who are reacting, unwilling to defend liberty.
With this inspiring speech, President Bush has set America firmly on the course of pursuing liberty and justice throughout the world. I hope that all Americans, regardless of political party, are ready to respond to the president?s call to defend God?s gift of liberty for the oppressed. As he phrased it, ?Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself?and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country, but to its character.?
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Read President George W. Bush?s Second Inaugural Address on the White House website. See further coverage of the 2005 Inauguration .
?President Bush Addresses the United Nations General Assembly ,? The United Nations, New York, New York, White House Office of the Press Secretary, 23 September 2003.
Read the Declaration of Independence .
BreakPoint Commentary No. 050112, ? A Change in the Weather: The Bush Doctrine .?BreakPoint Commentary No. 031124, ? Raising Our Sights: God, Morality, and Foreign Policy .?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 031024, ? Ordered Liberty: Remembering Russell Kirk .? (This commentary talks about Russell Kirk?s ?core doctrines? that are ?necessary for a healthy republic.?)
Charles Colson with Anne Morse, ? The New Civil War ,? Christianity Today, February 2005.
Allen Hertzke, Freeing God?s Children (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).
Joseph Loconte, The End of Illusions (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).