Inauguration 2005: Bush Vows to Spread “Freedom” and Target World’s “Tyrannies” in Second Term

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President Bush vowed to spread freedom around the globe and to target the world’s tyrannies in his second inauguration address. In his speech, Bush mentioned used the words “freedom” and “liberty” more than 40 times but he never directly mentioned the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We hear an excerpt of his address. [includes rush transcript]

  • President Bush, taking the oath of office, January 20, 2005.

George W Bush took the oath of office for a second term yesterday in Washington DC. He was sworn in outside the Capitol by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who made his first official appearance since beginning treatment for thyroid cancer in October.

More than 100,000 people gathered outside the Capitol Thursday as the 55th presidential inauguration took place under unprecedented security.

After he and Vice President Dick Cheney were sworn in, Bush vowed to spread freedom around the globe and to target the world’s tyrannies in his second inauguration address.

  • President Bush, inauguration address, January 20, 2005.

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This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: After President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were sworn in, President Bush vowed to spread freedom around the globe, and to target the world’s tyrannies in his second inauguration address.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We are led by events and common sense to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depend on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all of the world. America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the maker of heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Passing these ideals is the mission that created our nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation’s security, and the calling of our time. So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements, and institutions in every nation and culture with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Freedom by its nature must be chosen, and defended by citizens and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. And when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal, instead, is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way. The great objective of ending tyranny is the concentrated work of generations. The difficulty of the task is no excuse for avoiding it. America’s influence is not unlimited, but fortunately for the oppressed, America’s influence is considerable, and we will use it confidently in freedom’s cause. My most solemn duty is to protect this nation and its people from further attacks and emerging threats. Some have unwisely chosen to test America’s resolve, and have found it firm. We will persistently clarify the choice before every ruler and every nation. The moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right. America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies. We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people. America’s belief in human dignity will guide our policies, yet rights must be more than the grudging concessions of dictators. They are secured by free dissent and the participation of the governed. In the long run, there is no justice without freedom, and there can be no human rights without human liberty.

AMY GOODMAN: President Bush delivering his inaugural address in Washington, D.C.

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