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workers credits to help buy health coverage . . . to approve an 
historic increase in spending for veterans' health . . . and to 
give seniors a sound and modern Medicare system that includes 
coverage for prescription drugs.
    A good job should lead to security in retirement. I ask 
Congress to enact new safeguards for 401(k) and pension plans, 
because employees who have worked hard and saved all their 
lives should not have to risk losing everything if their 
company fails. Through stricter accounting standards and 
tougher disclosure requirements, corporate America must be made 
more accountable to employees and shareholders and held to the 
highest standards of conduct.
    Retirement security also depends upon keeping the 
commitments of Social Security--and we will. We must make 
Social Security financially stable and allow personal 
retirement accounts for younger workers who choose them.
    Members, you and I will work together in the months ahead 
on other issues: productive farm policy . . . a cleaner 
environment . . . broader home ownership, especially among 
minorities . . . and ways to encourage the good work of 
charities and faith-based groups. I ask you to join me on these 
important domestic issues in the same spirit of cooperation we 
have applied to our war against terrorism.
    During these last few months, I have been humbled and 
privileged to see the true character of this country in a time 
of testing. Our enemies believed America was weak and 
materialistic, that we would splinter in fear and selfishness. 
They were as wrong as they are evil.
    The American people have responded magnificently, with 
courage and compassion, strength and resolve. As I have met the 
heroes, hugged the families, and looked into the tired faces of 
rescuers, I have stood in awe of the American people.
    And I hope you will join me in expressing thanks to one 
American for the strength, and calm, and comfort she brings to 
our Nation in crisis: our First Lady, Laura Bush.
    None of us would ever wish the evil that was done on 
September 11th, yet after America was attacked, it was as if 
our entire country looked into a mirror, and saw our better 
selves. We were reminded that we are citizens, with obligations 
to each other, to our country, and to history. We began to 
think less of the goods we can accumulate, and more about the 
good we can do.
    For too long our culture has said, ``If it feels good, do 
it.'' Now America is embracing a new ethic and a new creed: 
``Let's roll.'' In the sacrifice of soldiers, the fierce 
brotherhood of firefighters, and the bravery and generosity of 
ordinary citizens, we have glimpsed what a new culture of 
responsibility could look like. We want to be a Nation that 
serves goals larger than self. We have been offered a unique 
opportunity, and we must not let this moment pass.
    My call tonight is for every American to commit at least 
two years--four thousand hours over the rest of your lifetime--
to the service of your neighbors and your Nation.
    Many are already serving and I thank you. If you aren't 
sure how to help, I've got a good place to start. To sustain 
and extend the best that has emerged in America, I invite you 
to join the new USA Freedom Corps. The Freedom Corps will focus 
on three areas of need: responding in case of crisis at home, 
rebuilding our communities, and extending American compassion 
throughout the world.
    One purpose of the USA Freedom Corps will be homeland 
security. America needs retired doctors and nurses who can be 
mobilized in major emergencies . . . volunteers to help police 
and fire departments . . . transportation and utility workers 
well-trained in spotting danger.
    Our country also needs citizens working to rebuild our 
communities. We need mentors to love children, especially 
children whose parents are in prison, and we need more talented 
teachers in troubled schools. USA Freedom Corps will expand and 
improve the good efforts of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps to 
recruit more than 200,000 new volunteers.
    And America needs citizens to extend the compassion of our 
country to every part of the world. So we will renew the 
promise of the Peace Corps, double its volunteers over the next 
five years, and ask it to join a new effort to encourage 
development, and education, and opportunity in the Islamic 
world.
    This time of adversity offers a unique moment of 
opportunity--a moment we must seize to change our culture. 
Through the gathering momentum of millions of acts of service 
and decency and kindness, I know: We can overcome evil with 
greater good.
    And we have a great opportunity during this time of war to 
lead the world toward the values that will bring lasting peace. 
All fathers and mothers, in all societies, want their children 
to be educated and live free from poverty and violence. No 
people on earth yearn to be oppressed, or aspire to servitude, 
or eagerly await the midnight knock of the secret police.
    If anyone doubts this, let them look to Afghanistan, where 
the Islamic ``street'' greeted the fall of tyranny with song 
and celebration. Let the skeptics look to Islam's own rich 
history--with its centuries of learning, and tolerance, and 
progress.
    America will lead by defending liberty and justice because 
they are right and true and unchanging for all people 
everywhere. No nation owns these aspirations, and no nation is 
exempt from them. We have no intention of imposing our 
culture--but America will always stand firm for the non-
negotiable demands of human dignity: the rule of law . . . 
limits on the power of the state . . . respect for women . . . 
private property . . . free speech . . . equal justice . . . 
and religious tolerance.
    America will take the side of brave men and women who 
advocate these values around the world--including the Islamic 
world--because we a greater objective than eliminating threats 
and containing resentment. We seek a just and peaceful world 
beyond the war on terror.
    In this moment of opportunity, a common danger is erasing 
old rivalries. America is working with Russia, China, and India 
in ways we never have before to achieve peace and prosperity. 
In every region, free markets and free trade and free societies 
are proving their power to lift lives. Together with friends 
and allies from Europe to Asia, from Africa to Latin America, 
we will demonstrate that the forces of terror cannot stop the 
momentum of freedom.
    The last time I spoke here, I expressed the hope that life 
would return to normal. In some ways, it has. In others, it 
never will. Those of us who have lived through these 
challenging times have been changed by them. We've come to know 
truths that we will never question: Evil is real, and it must 
be opposed. Beyond all differences of race or creed, we are one 
country, mourning together and facing danger together. Deep in 
the American character, there is honor, and it is stronger than 
cynicism. Many have discovered again that even in tragedy--
especially in tragedy--God is near.
    In a single instant, we realized that this will be a 
decisive decade in the history of liberty--that we have been 
called to a unique role in human events. Rarely has the world 
faced a choice more clear or consequential.
    Our enemies send other people's children on missions of 
suicide and murder. They embrace tyranny and death as a cause 
and a creed. We stand for a different choice--made long ago, on 
the day of our founding. We affirm it again today. We choose 
freedom and the dignity of every life.
    Steadfast in our purpose, we now press on. We have known 
freedom's price. We have shown freedom's power. And in this 
great conflict, my fellow Americans, we will see freedom's 
victory.
    Thank you, and my God bless the United States of America.

                                                    George W. Bush.
    The White House, January 29, 2002.

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