(Pray for the next 28 days; pray for America then show your character with your vote November 6th, 2012.)
“Hope is not a strategy.”
Governor Romney gave the cornerstone foreign policy speech for his campaign Monday at the Virginia Military Institute.
Some were reminded of, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Did he match that in strength and power of leadership? I don’t know but. Governor Romney had the right tone and the right vision. For example, Romney declared these are bedrock principles:
“America must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose, and resolve in our might. No friend of America will question our commitment to support them. No enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them. No one anywhere, friend or foe will question our ability to back up our word.”
There were times you caught President Kennedy, times you thought of President Reagan and yes, lines brought up President George W, Bush. This speech was given to and for the ears of the American voter, the foreign policy and military establishments and the ears, passions and agendas of friends and adversaries across the world. Governor Romney concluded with this lift:
“[Around the world] the question is asked, ‘where does America stand?’ I know many Americans are asking a different question, ‘Why us?’ I know many Americans, with our ailing economy and massive debt and 11 years of war, are asking if America is capable of leading. I believe that if America doesn’t lead, others will—others who don’t share our interests and our values and the world would grow darker for our friends and for us. America’s security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four years. I’m running for president because I believe the leader of the free world has a duty to our citizens and to our friends everywhere to use America’s great influence wisely, with solemnity and without false pride, but also firmly and actively, to shape events in ways that secure our interests, further our values, prevent conflicts and make the world better—not perfect—but better. Our friends and allies across the globe do not want less American leadership, they want more: more of our moral support, more of our security cooperation, more of our trade, more of our assistance in building thriving economies. So many people across the world still look to America as the best hope of humankind. So many people still have faith in America. We must show them that we still have faith in ourselves—that we have the will and the wisdom to revive our stagnant economy, to roll back our unsustainable debt, to reform our government, to reverse the catastrophic cuts now threatening our national defense, to renew the sources of our great power, and to lead the course of human events.
Sir Winston Churchill once said of George Marshall: “He … always fought victoriously against defeatism, discouragement, and disillusion.” That is the role our friends want America to play again. And it is the role we must play.
The 21st century can and must be an American century. It began with terror, war, and economic calamity. It is our duty to steer it onto the path of freedom, peace, and prosperity.
The torch America carries is one of decency and hope. It is not America’s torch alone. But it is America’s duty—and honor—to hold it high enough that all the world can see its light.
For clarity, read the speech here. Watch it all to strengthen your hope and your confidence as you continue to pray and work for a free and prosperous America.