Rice: America will not be reluctant to lead
Former secretary of state addresses RNC
- Duration 19:17
- Date Aug 30, 2012
Former secretary of state addresses RNC
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-- very much.
And Lutz good evening good evening.
Good evening good evening distinguished delegates.
Good evening his fellow Republicans.
Good evening of my fellow Americans.
We -- here at a time of significance and challenge.
This young century has been a difficult one.
I can remember as if it were yesterday.
When my young assistants came into my office at the White House to say.
That a plane had hit the World Trade Center.
And then a second plane.
And then a third plane the Pentagon.
And later we -- learned that a plane had crashed into a field.
Driven into the ground not by brave souls who died.
So that others might live.
Today on combat -- on.
Our sense of vulnerability and our concepts of security were never the same again.
Then in 2008.
The global financial and economic crisis -- -- us.
And it's still reverberates as we deal with unemployment and economic uncertainty and bad policies.
That casts a Pall over an American economy.
And recovery that is desperately needed at home and abroad.
And that we have seen we have seen.
That's the desire for liberty and freedom is indeed universal as men and women in the Middle East rise up to -- it.
Yet the promise of the Arab Spring is in golf in uncertain -- internal strife and hostile neighbors.
Are challenging the young fragile democracy of Iraq dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their people and threaten regional security.
Russia and China prevent a response.
And every one asks where does America stand.
Indeed indeed that is the question of the hour where does America stand.
You see when friends.
Don't know the answer that question unambiguously and clearly -- The world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place.
Since world -- to the United States.
Has had an answer to that question.
For free peoples and free markets.
We will defend and support them.
We will sustain a balance of power that favors freedom.
Now to be sure.
The burdens of leadership have been heavy.
I know -- you do the sacrifice of Americans especially the sacrifice of many of our bravest.
In the ultimate sacrifice.
But our armed forces are -- you -- shield and foundation of liberty and we are so fortunate.
That we have men and women in uniform who volunteer.
They volunteered to defend this at the front lines of freedom and we all of them are eternal gratitude.
I know -- that it is not always been easy.
Though it has been rewarding to speak.
For those who would otherwise not have a voice the religious -- in China.
The democracy advocate in Venezuela the political prisoner in Iran.
It has been hard to Muster the resources to support the fledgling democracies.
And to intervene on behalf.
-- the most desperate.
The aids orphanage in the -- gone down at the refugees fleeing Zimbabwe.
The young woman who has been trafficked into the sex trade in southeast Asia.
It has been hard.
Yet this -- assistants together with the compassionate work a private charities.
People of conscience and people of faith.
Has -- the soul of our country.
And I know to.
I know to.
That there isn't weariness I know.
That it feels as if we have carried these burdens long enough.
We can only know.
That there is no choice because one of two things will happen if we don't leave either.
No one will lead and there will be chaos.
Or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values my fellow Americans.
We do not have a choice we cannot be reluctant to lead and you cannot lead from behind.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and understand this reality.
Our well being at home and our leadership abroad are inextricably linked -- they know what to do.
They know that our friends and allies must again be able to trust us from Israel to Colombia from Poland to the Philippines.
Our our wives and friends have to know that we will be reliable and consistent and determined.
And our polls are close.
Can have no reason to doubt our resolve because piece it really does come through strength.
Our military capability and our technological advantage will be safe in Mitt Romney's hands.
We must work -- -- global economy and pursue free and that fair trade.
To grow our exports and our influence abroad if you are worried about the rise of China.
Just consider this.
The United States has negotiated this -- -- it's -- has ratified only three trade agreements in the last few years and those were negotiated in the Bush Administration.
Has signed a fifteen minute free trade agreements.
And this in the progress of negotiating as many as eighteen more sadly.
We are abandoning the field a free and fair trade.
And it will come back to haunt us.
We must not allow.
It's -- attaining energy independence to slip from our grass.
We are blessed with the gift of oil and gas resources here in North America.
And we must develop that and we can develop some sensitive believe we can develop them securing our environment that we must develop them.
Sources of energy to.
But most importantly.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
The foundation of our strength the American economy stimulating.
Private sector growth.
Small business entrepreneurship.
The -- today.
They see an American government that cannot live within its means.
They see an American government that continues to borrow money.
That -- mortgage the future of generations to come.
The world knows.
That when a nation -- loses control of its finances.
It eventually loses control of its destiny.
That it's not the America.
That has inspired -- people to follow our lead to.
When the world looks to America.
They look to us because we are the most successful.
Economic and political experiment in human history.
That is the true basis of American exceptional listen.
You see the -- America what really unites us it's not nationality.
It is an idea.
And what an idea it is.
But you can come from humble circumstances and you can do great things.
That it does not matter where you came from it matters where you are going.
And -- has never been a narratives.
Bob grievance and entitlements.
We have never believed at that I am doing poorly because you are doing well.
We have never been jealous of one another and never envious of each other's successes.
-- -- has been a belief.
In the opportunity.
And it has been a constant struggle.
Long and hard up and down to try to extend the benefits of the American dream to all.
But that American ideal is indeed in -- today.
There is no country.
No not even a rising China that can do more harm to us than we can do to ourselves if we do not do the hard working.
-- that any other time in history.
Greatness is built on mobilizing the human -- potential.
We have always done that better than any country in the world.
People can't come here from all over because they have believed our creed.
Up opportunity and limitless horizons they have come here.
From the world's most impoverished nations just to make a decent wage.
And they have come here.
From advanced societies as engineers and scientists -- -- the knowledge based revolution in the silicon valley of California.
In the Research Triangle of North Carolina along.
-- -- -- -- And I.
-- While some.
The world's most ambitious people to be a part of us.
In that way we stay young and optimistic and determined.
We need immigration laws that protect our borders meet our economic needs and yet so.
That we are a compassionate nation of immigrants.
And successful too because Americans have known.
That one status of -- it's not permanent condition.
Americans have believed that you might not be able to control your circumstances that you can control your response to your circumstances.
Your greatest ally.
In controlling your response to your circumstances has been a quality education.
Today when I can look at your zip code and I can tell whether you're gonna get a good education -- honestly say it doesn't matter where you came from it matters where you're going to.
The crisis in K12 education.
Is made threats.
To the very fabric of who we are.
My mom -- -- teacher.
I respect the profession.
We need great teachers not -- once and not mediocre ones.
We have to have high standards for our kids because of self esteem and comes from -- -- -- Not from lax standards and -- race.
Greater choice particularly.
Particularly poor parents.
Whose kids very often minorities.
Are trapped in failing neighborhood.
Schools and this is the civil rights issue -- -- day.
Anything -- We condemn -- generations to joblessness and hopelessness.
On the government dole.
If we do anything -- we will endanger our global.
Impaired hits for competitiveness.
And if we do anything less.
We will tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement the turn toward entitlements and grievance.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild us at home.
And they will -- and even abroad they won't provide an answer to the question where does America stand.
The challenges real.
And the times -- hard.
But America has met and overcome hard challenges before.
Whenever you find yourself doubting us.
Just think about all those times that America made the impossible seem an inevitable in retrospect.
Our revolutionary founding against the greatest military power of the time.
A civil war -- Brother against brother hundreds of thousands dead on both sides that we emerged a more perfect union a second pounding -- an impatient patriots.
We're determined to overcome the birth defects of slavery and the sports of segregation.
A long struggle against communism with the Soviet Union eventually in collapse and Europe whole free and at peace and in the aftermath of 9/11 the willingness to take really hard.
Hard decisions that secured us and prevented the follow on attack that everybody not preordained.
And on a personal.
And on a personal note.
A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham.
The segregated city of the south where her parents can't take her to a movie theater or to a restaurant.
But they -- are absolutely convinced that even if she can't have a hamburger at Woolworth's lunch counter she could be president of the United States if she wanted to.
Yes America -- America.
-- Ways of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect but we know it was never inevitable it took leadership and it took courage.
And it -- belief in our values Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have complete integrity and the experience and the vision.
To lead us they know who we are they know we want to be they know who.
When we are in the world and what we offer that is why.
That is why this is a moment and an election a consequence.
Because it just has to be true.
That's the freest and most compassionate country on the face of the earth will continue to be the most powerful.
And -- beaten for prosperity.
And liberty across the world.
God bless you and god bless.