Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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The government of the USA in the late 18th Century defeated the greatest power on earth at that time, the British Empire. In mid 19th Century, the US government concluded a Civil War and put an end to the international slave trade, and concluded the century by defeating the Spanish Empire and soon would destroy the German Empire as well. In the 20th Century, it defeated the forces of worldwide fascism and communism. Today, it cannot seem to defeat a rag tag army in Afghanistan or find the religious fanatics who killed 3,000 of our citizens. The parallel boggles the mind. Compared to the other great feats of our nation, our inability to do so is astounding. Why?
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address