テキスト：クリントン大統領 就任演説 第1期 (1993)
クリントン大統領 就任演説 第1期 (katoktへのリンク)
My fellow citizens :
Today we celebrate the mystery of American renewal.
This ceremony is held in the depth of winter. But, by the words
we speak and the faces we show the world, we force the spring. A
spring reborn in the world's oldest democracy, that brings forth
the vision and courage to reinvent America.
When our founders boldly declared America's independence to the
world and our purposes to the Almighty, they knew that America,
to endure, would have to change. Not change for change's sake, but
change to preserve America's ideals; life, liberty, the pursuit
of happiness. Though we march to the music of our time, our mission
is timeless. Each generation of Americans must define what it means
to be an American.
On behalf of our nation, I salute my predecessor, President Bush,
for his half-century of service to America. And I thank the millions
of men and women whose steadfastness and sacrifice triumphed over
Depression, Fascism and Communism.
Today, a generation raised in the shadows of the Cold War assumes
new responsibilities in a world warmed by the sunshine of freedom
but threatened still by ancient hatreds and new plagues.
Raised in unrivaled prosperity, we inherit an economy that is still
the world's strongest, but is weakened by business failures, stagnant
wages, increasing inequality, and deep divisions among our people.
When George Washington first took the oath I have just sworn to
uphold, news traveled slowly across the land by horseback and across
the ocean by boat. Now, the sights and sounds of this ceremony are
broadcast instantaneously to billions around the world.
Communications and commerce are global; investment is mobile; technology
is almost magical; and ambition for a better life is now universal.
We earn our livelihood in peaceful competition with people all across
Profound and powerful forces are shaking and remaking our world,
and the urgent question of our time is whether we can make Change
our friend and not our enemy.
This new world has already enriched the lives of millions of Americans
who are able to compete and win in it. But when most people are
working harder for less; when others cannot work at all; when the
cost of health care devastates families and threatens to bankrupt
many of our enterprises, great and small; when fear of crime robs
law-abiding citizens of their freedom; and when millions of poor
children cannot even imagine the lives we are calling them to lead,
we have not made Change our friend.
We know we have to face hard truths and take strong steps. But
we have not done so. Instead, we have drifted, and that drifting
has eroded our resources, fractured our economy, and shaken our
Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. And Americans
have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. We must bring
to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us.
From our revolution, the Civil War, to the Great Depression to
the civil rights movement, our people have always mustered the determination
to construct from these crises the pillars of our history.
Thomas Jefferson believed that to preserve the very foundations
of our nation, we would need dramatic change from time to time.
Well, my fellow citizens, this is our time. Let us embrace it.
Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine
of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot
be cured by what is right with America.
And so today, we pledge an end to the era of deadlock and drift;
a new season of American renewal has begun. To renew America, we
must be bold. We must do what no generation has had to do before.
We must invest more in our own people, in their jobs, in their future,
and at the same time cut our massive debt. And we must do so in
a world in which we must compete for every opportunity. It will
not be easy; it will require sacrifice. But it can be done, and
done fairly, not choosing sacrifice for its own sake, but for our
own sake. We must provide for our nation the way a family provides
for its children.
Our Founders saw themselves in the light of posterity. We can do
no less. Anyone who has ever watched a child's eyes wander into
sleep knows what posterity is. Posterity is the world to come; the
world for whom we hold our ideals, from whom we have borrowed our
planet, and to whom we bear sacred responsibility. We must do what
America does best: offer more opportunity to all and demand responsibility
It is time to break the bad habit of expecting something for nothing,
from our government or from each other. Let us all take more responsibility,
not only for ourselves and our families but for our communities
and our country. To renew America, we must revitalize our democracy.
This beautiful capital, like every capital since the dawn of civilization,
is often a place of intrigue and calculation. Powerful people maneuver
for position and worry endlessly about who is in and who is out,
who is up and who is down, forgetting those people whose toil and
sweat sends us here and pays our way.
Americans deserve better, and in this city today, there are people
who want to do better. And so I say to all of us here, let us resolve
to reform our politics, so that power and privilege no longer shout
down the voice of the people. Let us put aside personal advantage
so that we can feel the pain and see the promise of America. Let
us resolve to make our government a place for what Franklin Roosevelt
called "bold, persistent experimentation," a government
for our tomorrows, not our yesterdays. Let us give this capital
back to the people to whom it belongs.
To renew America, we must meet challenges abroad as well at home.
There is no longer division between what is foreign and what is
domestic; the world economy, the world environment, the world AIDS
crisis, the world arms race; they affect us all.
Today, as an old order passes, the new world is more free but less
stable. Communism's collapse has called forth old animosities and
new dangers. Clearly America must continue to lead the world we
did so much to make.
While America rebuilds at home, we will not shrink from the challenges,
nor fail to seize the opportunities, of this new world. Together
with our friends and allies, we will work to shape change, lest
it engulf us.
When our vital interests are challenged, or the will and conscience
of the international community is defied, we will act; with peaceful
diplomacy when ever possible, with force when necessary. The brave
Americans serving our nation today in the Persian Gulf, in Somalia,
and wherever else they stand are testament to our resolve.
But our greatest strength is the power of our ideas, which are
still new in many lands. Across the world, we see them embraced,
and we rejoice. Our hopes, our hearts, our hands, are with those
on every continent who are building democracy and freedom. Their
cause is America's cause.
The American people have summoned the change we celebrate today.
You have raised your voices in an unmistakable chorus. You have
cast your votes in historic numbers. And you have changed the face
of Congress, the presidency and the political process itself. Yes,
you, my fellow Americans have forced the spring. Now, we must do
the work the season demands.
To that work I now turn, with all the authority of my office. I
ask the Congress to join with me. But no president, no Congress,
no government, can undertake this mission alone. My fellow Americans,
you, too, must play your part in our renewal. I challenge a new
generation of young Americans to a season of service; to act on
your idealism by helping troubled children, keeping company with
those in need, reconnecting our torn communities. There is so much
to be done; enough indeed for millions of others who are still young
in spirit to give of themselves in service, too.
In serving, we recognize a simple but powerful truth: we need each
other. And we must care for one another. Today, we do more than
celebrate America: we rededicate ourselves to the very idea of America.
An idea born in revolution and renewed through two centuries of
challenge. An idea tempered by the knowledge that, but for fate
we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other.
An idea ennobled by the faith that our nation can summon from its
myriad diversity the deepest measure of unity. An idea infused with
the conviction that America's long heroic journey must go forever
And so, my fellow Americans, at the edge of the 21st century, let
us begin with energy and hope, with faith and discipline, and let
us work until our work is done. The scripture says, "And let
us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season, we shall reap,
if we faint not."
From this joyful mountaintop of celebration, we hear a call to
service in the valley. We have heard the trumpets. We have changed
the guard. And now, each in our way, and with God's help, we must
answer the call.
Thank you, and God bless you all.