We strive for peace and security, heartened by the changes all around us. Go here for more about. That system has never failed us, but for a time we failed the system. Let us make it unconstitutional for the Federal Government to spend more than the Federal Government takes in. Ronald Reagan First Inaugural Address Tuesday, January 20, 1981 For the first time, an inauguration ceremony was held on the terrace of the West Front of the Capitol. C26923-6, President Reagan laughing after Nancy Reagan forgot to introduce him at Inaugural Band Concert at Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland.
And if not now, when? 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? Yet history has shown that peace does not come, nor will our freedom be preserved, by good will alone. But in another sense, our New Beginning is a continuation of that beginning created two centuries ago when, for the first time in history, government, the people said, was not our master, it is our servant; its only power that which we the people allow it to have. We will not rest until every American enjoys the fullness of freedom, dignity, and opportunity as our birthright. We must think anew and move with a new boldness, so every American who seeks work can find work, so the least among us shall have an equal chance to achieve the greatest things -- to be heroes who heal our sick, feed the hungry, protect peace among nations, and leave this world a better place. This program not only accelerated the nuclear race, it also accelerated the Soviet Union more collapsing. We have begun to increase the rewards for work, savings, and investment; reduce the increase in the cost and size of government and its interference in people's lives.
It is our birthright as citizens of this great Republic, and we'll meet this challenge. Tax rates have been reduced, inflation cut dramatically, and more people are employed than ever before in our history. At the heart of our efforts is one idea vindicated by 25 straight months of economic growth: Freedom and incentives unleash the drive and entrepreneurial genius that are the core of human progress. We asked things of government that government was not equipped to give. The entire thing is split into seven parts. We have come to a turning point, a moment for hard decisions.
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inauguration Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer. But much remains to be done. But our fundamental goals must be to reduce dependency and upgrade the dignity of those who are infirm or disadvantaged. 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. Every victory for human freedom will be a victory for world peace. So much is changing and will change, but so much endures and transcends time.
There is, however, one who is not with us today: Representative Gillis Long of Louisiana left us last night. I have spoken of our domestic goals and the limitations which we should put on our National Government. The similarities of the North and South caused the war. It is our birthright as citizens of this great Republic, and we'll meet this challenge. Yet history has shown that peace does not come, nor will our freedom be preserved, by good will alone. The president Reagan showed his plan about economics, government, and foreign policy. 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.
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. Laboring always at the same oar, with some wave ever ahead threatening to overwhelm us, and yet passing harmless. My friends, we live in a world that is lit by lightning. America must remain freedom's staunchest friend, for freedom is our best ally. A man of humility who came to greatness reluctantly. At the heart of our efforts is one idea vindicated by 25 straight months of economic growth: Freedom and incentives unleash the drive and entrepreneurial genius that are the core of human progress. People, worldwide, hunger for the right of self-determination, for those inalienable rights that make for human dignity and progress.
Today we are 60 times as many in a union of 50 States. Again, let us remember that though our heritage is one of blood lines from every corner of the Earth, we are all Americans, pledged to carry on this last, best hope of man on Earth. But we, the present-day Americans, are not given to looking backward. No doubt, all his government policies were focusing on the economic recoveries, and his style of incentive economic policies was called Reaganomics. A bond was reestablished between those two who had helped create this government of ours.
In one of those letters exchanged in the sunset of their lives, Jefferson wrote: It carries me back to the times when, beset with difficulties and dangers, we were fellow laborers in the same cause, struggling for what is most valuable to man, his right of self-government. 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. There is, however, one who is not with us today: Representative Gillis Long of Louisiana left us last night. Because both sides are so similar, they fail to acknowledge the fact that war is not needed; the bitter feelings toward war in which they both possess are the very feelings that keep them at war. We seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.
We asked things of government that government was not equipped to give. Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. I have asked the Cabinet and my staff a question and now I put the same question to all of you. Well, this administration's objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunity for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination. The president Reagan tried to tell American economic recession was not to overcome if all American unite and never gave up. My friends, together we can do this, and do it we must, so help me God.
You are to decide the important question upon which rest the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Now, there is a place for the Federal Government in matters of social compassion. We are not just discussing limits on a further increase of nuclear weapons. We are creating a nation once again vibrant, robust, and alive. There are those in the world who scorn our vision of human dignity and freedom. There's no story more heartening in our history than the progress that we've made toward the brotherhood of man that God intended for us. Senator Mathias, Chief Justice Burger, Vice President Bush, Speaker O'Neill, Senator Dole, Reverend Clergy, members of my family and friends, and my fellow citizens: This day has been made brighter with the presence here of one who, for a time, has been absentSenator John Stennis.