We ourselves are the same Americans who just ten years ago put a man on the Moon. We are the generation that dedicated our society to the pursuit of human rights and equality. And we are the generation that will win the war on the energy problem and in that process rebuild the unity and confidence of America.
We are at a turning point in our history. There are two paths to choose. One is a path I've warned about tonight, the path that leads to fragmentation and self-interest. Down that road lies a mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility. It is a certain route to failure.
All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, all the promises of our future point to another path, the path of common purpose and the restoration of American values. That path leads to true freedom for our nation and ourselves. We can take the first steps down that path as we begin to solve our energy problem.
Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny.
Read the whole thing here...
What's truly sad is that he was right then. What's even sadder is that he's more right now.
I'm thinking we owe this guy a reeeaaaaalllyyyy big apology.
If we as a nation had sucked it up, acted like adults, and followed this path, we probably wouldn't be huffing gas fumes right now.
But, nooooooo. You had to vote for mindless optimism that was all about making you feel good. And no, I will never forgive the previous generation for voting in this direction. (Yes, my parents voted for him. At least they didn't vote to re-elect him, but still...)
Anyone else feel like sending an electronic card to our parents and grandparents saying, "Thanks for screwing our generation over. No love. Your kids." ?
Of course, I only shudder to think what the next few generations will want to send us as a thank you card for this incompetent lying sack of shit.
Yeah. I'm in a mood. Because I just read that speech referenced above, and I'm wondering how on earth anyone could've called it the "malaise speech." That speech showed more confidence in the American public and its can-do attitude than I've heard this side of an Barack Obama campaign speech.
And my God, isn't that a truly scary thought?