And if not now, when? We are not just discussing limits on a further increase of nuclear weapons. There were 4 million Americans in a union of 13 States. Two of our Founding Fathers, a Boston lawyer named Adams and a Virginia planter named Jefferson, members of that remarkable group who met in Independence Hall and dared to think they could start the world over again, left us an important lesson. Let us resolve that we the people will build an American opportunity society in which all of us--white and black, rich and poor, young and old--will go forward together arm in arm. It wouldn't kill people, it would destroy weapons. That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system. And as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us.
We will not rest until every American enjoys the fullness of freedom, dignity, and opportunity as our birthright. This way he connects to the audience, and in turn, aids his assertion of unity. Yet the sustained economic expansion was fuelled by more than Just tax cuts. My friends, together we can do this, and do it we must, so help me God. By 1980 we knew it was time to renew our faith, to strive with all our strength toward the ultimate in individual freedom, consistent with an orderly society. And all this because we have worked and acted together, not as members of political parties, but as Americans. Abraham Lincoln uses figurative and euphonious diction to encourage reflection on the Civil War to the people of Northern and Southern United States.
I have asked the Cabinet and my staff a question, and now I put the same question to all of you: If not us, who? In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. There must be no wavering by us, nor any doubts by others, that America will meet her responsibilities to remain free, secure, and at peace. And may He continue to hold us close as we fill the world with our sound—sound in unity, affection, and love—one people under God, dedicated to the dream of freedom that He has placed in the human heart, called upon now to pass that dream on to a waiting and hopeful world. For use of Reagan Library audiovisual materials please read the. And we were right to believe that. A bond was reestablished between those two who had helped create this government of ours. Four years ago, I spoke to you of a new beginning and we have accomplished that.
Representative Gillis Long of Louisiana left us last night. Every victory for human freedom will be a victory for world peace. We believed then and now there are no limits to growth and human progress when men and women are free to follow their dreams. There are no words adequate to express my thanks for the great honor that you have bestowed on me. Every blow we inflict against poverty will be a blow against its dark allies of oppression and war. You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time.
We must never again abuse the trust of working men and women, by sending their earnings on a futile chase after the spiraling demands of a bloated Federal Establishment. A dynamic economy, with more citizens working and paying taxes, will be our strongest tool to bring down budget deficits. It is hopeful, big-hearted, idealistic, daring, decent, and fair. We strive for peace and security, heartened by the changes all around us. We've made progress in restoring our defense capability. I will do my utmost to be deserving of your trust. With our alliances strengthened, with our economy leading the world to a new age of economic expansion, we look forward to a world rich in possibilities.
The time has come for a new American emancipation--a great national drive to tear down economic barriers and liberate the spirit of enterprise in the most distressed areas of our country. On you depend the fortunes of America. Yet history has shown that peace will not come, nor will our freedom be preserved, by good will alone. That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system. We are creating a nation once again vibrant, robust, and alive.
In his Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln sincerely suggests that all humans are more similar than assumed in order to reveal the causes of the Civil War and to italicize the fact that the nation should unite as one. Now, for decades, we and the Soviets have lived under the threat of mutual assured destruction; if either resorted to the use of nuclear weapons, the other could retaliate and destroy the one who had started it. But much remains to be done. Let us resolve that we, the people, will build an American opportunity society in which all of us—white and black, rich and poor, young and old—will go forward together, arm in arm. Today, we utter no prayer more fervently than the ancient prayer for peace on Earth.
But there are many mountains yet to climb. When I took this oath four years ago, I did so in a time of economic stress. Laboring always at the same oar, with some wave ever ahead threatening to overwhelm us, and yet passing harmless. Yet history has shown that peace does not come, nor will our freedom be preserved, by good will alone. It must be done by all of us going forward with a program aimed at reaching a balanced budget.
God bless you and may God bless America. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. There are no words adequate to express my thanks for the great honor that you have bestowed on me. Today, we utter no prayer more fervently than the ancient prayer for peace on Earth. They died on the same day, within a few hours of each other, and that day was the Fourth of July. And I wonder if we could all join in a moment of silent prayer.