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        2. 英語演講2. John F. Kennedy - Inaugural Address



          2008-10-16 22:19

          英語演講2. John F. Kennedy - Inaugural Address


          2. John F. Kennedy - Inaugural Address

          Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President
          Nixon, President
          Truman, Reverend Clergy, fellow citizens:

          We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom symbolizing
          an end,
          as well as a beginning signifying
          renewal, as well as change. For I
          have sworn before you
          and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and threequarters

          The world is very different
          now. For man holds in
          his mortal hands the power to abolish all
          forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet
          the same revolutionary beliefs
          for which our forebears fought are still at
          issue around the globe the
          belief that
          the rights of
          come not from the generosity of the state,
          but from the hand of God.

          We dare not
          forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth
          from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch
          has been passed to a new
          generation of Americans born
          in this century,
          tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and
          bitter peace, proud of our ancient
          heritage, and
          unwilling to witness or permit the slow
          undoing of those human rights to which
          this nation has always been committed, and to which
          we are committed today at
          home and around the world.

          Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any
          burden, meet any hardship, support any friend,
          oppose any foe,
          to assure the survival and the
          success of liberty.

          This much we pledge and more.

          To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of
          faithful friends. United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided
          there is little we can do
          for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.

          To those new
          states whom we welcome to
          the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one
          form of colonial control shall
          not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron
          tyranny. We shall not always expect
          to find them supporting our view. But we shall always
          hope to find them strongly supporting their own
          freedom and to remember that, in the
          past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

          To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of
          mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is
          required not
          because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes,
          but because it is right. If a free society cannot
          help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

          To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge: to
          convert our good words into good deeds,
          in a new alliance for progress, to assist free men and free
          governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But
          this peaceful revolution of hope cannot
          become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know
          that we shall join with
          them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. And let every other power know
          that this hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.

          To that world assembly of sovereign states, the
          United Nations, our last best hope in an age
          where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our
          pledge of support
          to prevent
          it from becoming merely a forum for invective, to strengthen
          its shield of the new and the weak, and to enlarge the area in which
          its writ may run.

          Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but
          a request: that both sides begin anew the quest
          for peace, before the dark powers of destruction
          unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental selfdestruction.

          We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt
          can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.

          But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course both
          sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by
          the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both
          racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror
          that stays the hand of mankind's final war.

          So let us begin anew
          remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and
          sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but
          let us never fear to

          Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which
          divide us.

          Let both
          sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection
          and control of arms, and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute
          control of all

          Let both sides seek to
          invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let
          us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease,
          tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.

          Let both
          sides unite to heed, in all corners of the earth, the command of Isaiah to
          "undo the heavy burdens, and [to] let the oppressed go free."1And,

          if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join
          in creating a new endeavor not a new balance of power, but a new world of law where
          the strong are just, and the weak secure, and the peace preserved.

          All this will not be finished in
          the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one
          thousand days. nor in the life of this Administration. nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this
          planet. But let us begin.

          In your hands, my fellow
          citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our
          course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to
          give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call
          to service surround the globe.

          Now the trumpet summons us again not
          as a call to bear arms, though arms we need not
          as a call to battle, though embattled we are but
          a call to bear the burden of a long twilight
          struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope. patient in tribulation,"2 a struggle against
          the common
          enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

          Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and
          West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that
          historic effort?

          In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of
          defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility I
          welcome it. I do
          not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or
          any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will
          light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that
          fire can truly light the world.

          And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you. ask what you can do
          for your country.

          My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what
          together we can do for the freedom of man.

          Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same
          high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only
          sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
          asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must
          truly be our own.

          1 Isaiah 58:6 (King James Version of the Holy Bible) 2 Romans 12:12 (King James Version of the Holy Bible)