“After removing Saul, He raised up David to be their king/leader, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my will.’” Eternal Kingdom Books
Contingency: “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Eternal King
“So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Eternal King came powerfully upon David from that day on. …” Eternal Kingdom Books
“Whenever the evil spirit from God bothered Saul, David [ also a brave warrior ] would play his harp. Saul would relax and feel better, and the evil spirit would go away.” Eternal Kingdom Books
The God given bestowal of free willing choice leads nations and people on the divergent realms of sin, [ + v – ] kingdom of darkness, and righteousness, [ ∆ ] Kingdom of Light. The continuous and assiduous pursuit of the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness is directly and intimately intertwined with the restoration of Right Order and blessings on Earth.
Every individual evolving creature made by God, possessed with the aspiration to do the Father’s Will, is destined to partake on the partnership with the Heavens and the great journey of attaining the perfection of the Father. [ “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” K.J.C. ] Beside the endowment of free-will, our Creator chose to go into partnership with us by filling us with a measure of His own Spirit of Truth, indwelling in us, as the most intimate, truthful and powerful guide, throughout the redemptive evolutionary process and recreation of the Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. [ John 14:15-21 ]
Genuine self-respect, derived from true identity as children of the Most High, is directly associated with True Freedom. Narcissistic self-admiration, rooted on false identity of dark souls unborn from Above [ Eternal Kingdom of Light, ] or from souls who deviated from the path and true identity, is intrinsically interwoven with false liberty. Those self-deceptive erroneous beings consciously or unconsciously crave the exercise of power over other beings for motives of self-aggrandizement, exploiting other beings for the purpose of depriving other persons of their natural freedom and with the intention of minimizing the God-created and God-given potentials of personality, instead of the genuine and praiseworthy desire and intent of advancing the Creator’s Cause, and the promoting of the well-being of self and others driven by the True Light within and without — surrounding invisible realms, Heavens.
“And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” And so he was jealous and suspicious of David from that day on.” 1 Samuel 18:8-9
No being in all creation has the rightful authorization and liberty to take away another being’s true freedom to fulfill and to follow one’s unique life path and calling according to the divine overarching plan, the responsible right to love and to be loved, the high privilege of worshiping the Creator God in spirit and in truth, and the liberty to serve God and others, excepting the temporary execution of God’s often hidden plan and permissive will, in order to develop the mature character of certain individuals. [ “Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Eternal King tested Joseph.” Psalm 105:19 ]
Most liberties are usually lost by giving way to impatience of self or of another, and by giving in to the erroneous desire to possess what one wants or is destined to have now, rather than at right timing, disregarding and disrespecting the innate and universal rights and liberties of true self and other beings, including the Supreme Being, and by acting out of synchronicity with the Will of the Sovereign Father King. When one violates another’s liberty, one has already violated the will of their true higher self, bright nature, which is to do the Will of the Father, one with the One.
“Does the Eternal King delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obedience to His voice? Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice, and attentiveness is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance is like the wickedness of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Eternal King, He has rejected you as king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23
Liberty is designed with a self-destructive [ + v – ] mechanism triggered when freedom is rooted on motives other than the devoted willingness to choose the Path of Righteousness of the Eternal Kingdom [ ∆ ].
“… Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him. So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day. …” 1 Samuel 31
[ “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.”John 7:6; John 5:19; John 17; 1 Chronicles 12:32 ]
True Freedom, the recompense of evolving maturity, directly related to proper alignment of self will with transpersonal Will of Heaven, basically vanishes when those endowed with such blessing inconsiderately and incongruously ignore the cosmic reality of the Eternal Kingdom and the Original Source of creative order of the realms.
The Supreme King doesn’t permit individuals and groups to interfere with the liberty of His own, without eternal consequences based on His perfect righteousness. Appropriate time delay develops maturity in His children — all things work together for the good of those who love the Eternal One.
The utmost responsible stewardship of the noblest attribute of our Imago-Dei is also the greatest gift we can offer back to the Self-Sufficient One — the liberating unwavering affectionate willingness to coordinate participation in His creation as His beloved Sons and Daughters.
From multiple universes, myriad of galaxies, our Father-King in His infinite wisdom chose to give us this Earth as our experiential place to re-engage in the magnificent task of, per master design, co-creating the Eternal Kingdom Center, Imago Mundi — On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Let’s be grateful for the blessings [ obvious or blessings in disguise ] He has given to us, resorting to wisdom, His Will, to deal with the nations’ challenges of our times, on this journey of rediscovering the Infinite on the finite, seeking first His Kingdom, His righteousness, as we walk from here to Eternity.
Fingerprints of the King | 03/30/2020
Spring, Spring, fingerprints of the Eternal Creator King, Majestic sun light, after each cool night, birds joyously sing. Under the covering skirts of watery clouds, wet Earth, Raining weather, new leaves, dripping with life, rebirth.
Infinite Intelligence’s design, sun, moon, earth and sky, Fulfilling commands of the Quintessentially Most High. Messenger fliers of the unseen confirms the dreams, Hardwired reality evolving as if it on heavenly wings.
Visions of what has already happened beyond time-space, Gloriously unfolding simultaneously as we run the race. The Mystery King who knows all things, the All-Wise, Revealing journey’s secrets to the Sons of Paradise.
Quantum kiss, on her lips, as she waits to be touched, Each passing day, the delay, fondness growing much. Her water turns to wine, His heart will eternally shine, The Father’s Kingdom priority, a Son’s appointed time.
Right order, contingency, cosmogony, risk, penetration, Hierophanous intercourse, eventual higher revelation. Longing for meaningful sacred love’s consummation, Beyond the thrill of the finite, mountain top realization.
Everlasting City glow with primeveral Light of the King, Seventh heaven delight, fulfilled covenant, the ring. New rebirth trasliterating seasons — time into eternity, Eyes finally and completely opened, everybody, every one will see.
The United Kingdom cannot fulfill its full identity based potential, retaining with equanimity their own truth and reality, unless obtaining a complete sense of national sovereignty [ economical, political, social, … — complete freedom. ] The longing for the nationals’ sovereignty [ under the ultimate sovereignty of the Creator, of course, ] implies that the nation hopes for a better future beyond the current “stagnation” within the EU, and is willing to pursue a path where, long-term wise, it can become freer, whole, stronger from within [ ∆. ] Consequently, able to share the benefits of much better interdependence with other European nations, and beyond. From within, all nationals willing to go through the temporary discomfort that is part of individual and collective growing evolutionary process, must support the Brexit effort. From without, all other nations aspiring to grow and to share in a better world that includes a freer and stronger United Kingdom must stand with the UK and actively support the restoration of the nation’s right to sovereignty. America’s support to Britain’s freedom is directly related to America and other nations’ freedom. Freedom in any part of the world leads to and influences freedom everywhere else. Supporting this endeavor is a moral obligation of any and everyone with a noble sense of responsibility for a better world. The Omnipotent and Omnipresent Eternal King is sovereign over the Earth, yet He doesn’t deny a nation’s exercise of its freedom. Political and economic freedom are interconnected. The idea that political freedom can be preserved without economic freedom, and vice versa, is illusionary.
Quick morning thoughts on Russia interference in the U.S. election and exclusion from G7 [ G8 ] and Brits protesting request to suspend Parliament in order to deliver what the people in a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy voted for.
Russian leaders haven’t learned to channel the warrior energy in a way that is more constructive to the Russian people, [ what the bipolar American leadership system is also still learning the hard way as well, ] channelling it to protect and to build a Center that is creatively ordered and working with allies to advance a Legitimate Vision of a world where there’s true justice and peace [ nations serious about true peace are serious about true warriorhood, which is impossible without Higher Power, Main Axis, Will of Heaven, EKIKPK-KWML, ] so Russia, somewhat as an immature and evolving nation, interferes in the U.S. elections, among other activities around the world, and with all due respect for his years of public service, Mr. Brennan, former CIA director, goes on to the media to criticize president Donald Trump for dealing with Russia incompetently after election, but who’s responsibility was it to intelligently stop Russia from interfering in the U.S. elections before D.T. was ellected? America/world, learned that Mr. Trump had a great opportunity, but as president who’s also not perfect and hasn’t attained the highest level of development either, IQ/EQ/SQ, ∆, Matt5:48, … [ I like Trump and his “willingness to fight for the good of the American people,” despite his lack of experience as a political leader, ] instead of building, cultivating an excellent and very wise and influential leadership team, he, sometimes attacking government agencies, etc., instead of leading them, alienated many of his associates, … highest turnover of cabinet members and one of the highest of “A Team” members, … because of not knowing how to regulate/channel warrior energy, nor modulating to evolved and more mature King Energy after fight to win election, ending up being almosy like the Japanese story [ who’s society has honored the warrior for centuries, ] that tells of a pond that lost its King, uncertain about what to do, the pond’s inhabitants finally elected a heron [ who’s associated with the warrior ] to be the King and, in the story, the heron eats up everyone in the pond. The American two-party system is still learning that the warrior energy, bipolarly turned against itself, without King Energy, is auto-destructive. Back to Russia, and the last G7 [ G8 ] exclusion, … keeping a somewhat immature and evolving “child nation” in the family is a positive characteristic of the King Energy [ inclusiveness, nurturing, guiding, “tough love” and discipline, infusing identity, … a sign of a maturing international leadership community, … ] and of strategic mature Warrior Archetype, building alliances, with clear long-term vision in mind/heart, … Let’s not forget that when U.S. and Russia, with the help of many other allies, fought WWII together, the evolving “Judeo-Christian” Russian branch of the “international family” paid the harshest price, an estimated 26 million Soviet deaths — allies should be reverently and deeply grateful for immense sacrifice on behalf of a true cause, the freedom of other still evolving “family members.” Germany, former WWII foe and now a friend, an also evolving Judeo-Christian nation, is now part of the G7, G20, … | “I do not think Putin is a character like Hitler. He comes out of Dostoyevsky.” Kissinger on Russia
Have the people in Britain lost the ability to reason or to make use of common sense, saying that what Boris Johnson is asking the Queen to do, in order to get some BS out of the way so that the government can attempt to deliver what the people voted for [ Brexit | June 23, 2016 | … and ineffective Theresa, who voted against the will of the majority of Britain, and Parliament, wasn’t able to get an exit deal done in more than 2 years, ] through the democratic election process, is anti-democratic? Wasn’t Boris Johnson also elected through the democratic process, promising to deliver Brexit? Now many are saying that doing “what’s necessary” in order to accomplish what the majority of the people voted for is anti-democratic? Not too different from what happens in America, when people voted for Donald Trump to MAGA, hoping an outsider would get things done “for” the American people [ what previous leadership has been failing to do, ] but the bipolar system chocked the progress of many of his well intentioned promised initiatives, but not all. Trump/America is learning that the Presidential position only, within the current system, which continues spliting and dividing the nation, isn’t influential enough to “get things done, timely and efficiently,” unless a wise leader and associates who are wholeheartedly dedicated to the best for the realm, with the help of Higher Power, can systematically and strategically “beat the faults of the system,” not be beaten by it, to best serve the people, before the nation can hopefully evolve into a more perfect system of government.
Get Russia back into the G7 [ G8. ] United Kingdom, Brexit, and move forward. Other E.U. nations need to respect and support the UK’s move toward a free and interdependent relationship with the E.U.
45 days left before a brand new Summer is here. Summer solstice 2019 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 10:54 AM, CST, on Friday, June 21.
Spring, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Wind blowing softly and gently on my skin The smell of flowers, trees’ leaves, green Golden Sun is a king, sunrays kissing the queen
Doves gathering materials to build their nests Safely, little ones will be born and grow at rest It knows everything, Infinite Intelligence’s the best Civilized gardens without the wildness of a forest
The balance, Creator’s creation, nature, technology Aggressively unfolding the plan, every eye will see The Father’s purpose, every Creature on their knee On Earth and in Heaven, before the King of Majesty
Perfect for the current stage of the development But now lesser than what’s yet to come All will find their dignity, worth, purpose, enjoyment The Everlasting Kingdom on Earth will be their true home
Behind the curtain of time, some can receive But not every heart, eye, nor every mind can perceive World longs for more of what’s already here The creative life from the King of Eternity
In the garden with the will of the Sovereign Power The superficial, sensation, imagination, the inspiration Body, mind, will, emotions, the revelation Consacration, communion with the Author of Creation
In the midst of this amazing process on Earth — this epic story, the unfolding of our Father’s plan and will, the war between the kingdom of darkness and the conquering Kingdom of the King of the kings of kings — the Eternal Center is the anchor for our spirits, the fountain of life for our beings. It will be finally established on Earth as it is in Heaven. All things will return, there will be complete restoration and restitution. On the mean time, people and leaders, do your best to stay in-sync with the process.
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” C. S. Lewis | Here, but not completely here yet.
“Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the Eternal King.” King David | Royal Psalm 144
“At each stage of human existence the adult man is off on his quest of his holy grail, the way of life he seeks by which to live. At his first level he is on a quest for automatic physiological satisfaction. At the second level he seeks a safe mode of living, and this is followed in turn, by a search for heroic status, for power and glory, by a search for ultimate peace; a search for material pleasure, a search for affectionate relations, a search for respect of self, and a search for peace in an incomprehensible world. And, when he finds he will not find that peace, he will be off on his ninth level quest. As he sets off on each quest, he believes he will find the answer to his existence. Yet, much to his surprise and much to his dismay, he finds at every stage that the solution to existence is not the solution he has come to find. Every stage he reaches leaves him disconcerted and perplexed. It is simply that as he solves one set of human problems he finds a new set in their place. The quest he finds is never ending.” Dr. Clare W. Graves
“… it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life.” Jim Collins | Good To Great
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness …” King of Kings
While West Europe is undergoing a process of secularization while the post-socialist East, de-secularization, what is America’s cause in the world today? What does America stand for now?
“These men are certainly not [ consciously ] building ‘Jerusalem.'” Iron John | Robert Bly
Jerusalem [“And did those feet in ancient time”] By William Blake
And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon Englands mountains green: And was the holy Lamb of God, On Englands pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine, Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold: Bring me my arrows of desire: Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold! Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand: Till we have built Jerusalem, In Englands green & pleasant Land.
EK IK PK | K W M [ L ] | “As He [ The embodiment of the King Energy ] approached [ Jerusalem ] and saw the city, he wept over it [ emotional honesty ] and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you [ wholeness, completeness, prosperity, … ] — but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 19
Self-Assurance is similar to self-confidence. In the deepest part of you, you have faith in your strengths. You know that you are able — able to take risks, able to meet new challenges, able to stake claims, and, most important, able to deliver. But Self-Assurance is more than just self-confidence.
Blessed with the theme of Self-Assurance, you have confidence not only in your abilities but in your judgment. When you look at the world, you know that your perspective is unique and distinct. And because no one sees exactly what you see, you know that no one can make your decisions for you.
No one can tell you what to think. They can guide. They can suggest. But you alone have the authority to form conclusions, make decisions, and act. This authority, this final accountability for the living of your life, does not intimidate you. On the contrary, it feels natural to you.
No matter what the situation, you seem to know what the right decision is. This theme lends you an aura of certainty. Unlike many, you are not easily swayed by someone else’s arguments, no matter how persuasive they may be. This Self-Assurance may be quiet or loud, depending on your other themes, but it is solid. It is strong. Like the keel of a ship, it withstands many different pressures and keeps you on your course.
This is the 34th time I’ll speak to you from the Oval Office
and the last. We’ve been together 8 years now, and soon it’ll be time
for me to go. But before I do, I wanted to share some thoughts, some of
which I’ve been saving for a long time.
It’s been the honor of my life to be your
President. So many of you have written the past few weeks to say thanks,
but I could say as much to you. Nancy and I are grateful for the
opportunity you gave us to serve.
One of the things about the Presidency is that you’re always
somewhat apart. You spend a lot of time going by too fast in a car
someone else is driving, and seeing the people through tinted glass —
the parents holding up a child, and the wave you saw too late and
couldn’t return. And so many times I wanted to stop and reach out from
behind the glass, and connect. Well, maybe I can do a little of that
People ask how I feel about leaving. And the fact is, “parting
is such sweet sorrow.” The sweet part is California and the ranch and
freedom. The sorrow — the goodbyes, of course, and leaving this beautiful place.
You know, down the hall and up the stairs from this office is
the part of the White House where the President and his family live.
There are a few favorite windows I have up there that I like to stand
and look out of early in the morning. The view is over the grounds here
to the Washington Monument, and then the Mall and the Jefferson Memorial. But on mornings when the humidity is low, you can see past the Jefferson to the river, the Potomac, and the Virginia shore. Someone said that’s the view Lincoln
had when he saw the smoke rising from the Battle of Bull Run. I see
more prosaic things: the grass on the banks, the morning traffic as
people make their way to work, now and then a sailboat on the river.
I’ve been thinking a bit at that window.
I’ve been reflecting on what the past 8 years have meant and mean. And
the image that comes to mind like a refrain is a nautical one — a small
story about a big ship, and a refugee, and a sailor. It was back in the
early eighties, at the height of the boat people. And the sailor was
hard at work on the carrier Midway, which was patrolling the South China Sea.
The sailor, like most American servicemen, was young, smart, and
fiercely observant. The crew spied on the horizon a leaky little boat.
And crammed inside were refugees from Indochina hoping to get to America.
The Midway sent a small launch to bring them to the ship and safety. As
the refugees made their way through the choppy seas, one spied the
sailor on deck, and stood up, and called out to him. He yelled, “Hello,
American sailor. Hello, freedom man.”
A small moment with a big meaning, a moment the sailor, who
wrote it in a letter, couldn’t get out of his mind. And, when I saw it,
neither could I. Because that’s what it was to be an American in the
1980’s. We stood, again, for freedom. I know we always have, but in the
past few years the world again — and in a way, we ourselves —
It’s been quite a journey this decade, and we held together
through some stormy seas. And at the end, together, we are reaching our
The fact is, from Grenada to the Washington and Moscow
summits, from the recession of ’81 to ’82, to the expansion that began
in late ’82 and continues to this day, we’ve made a difference. The way I
see it, there were two great triumphs, two things that I’m proudest of.
One is the economic recovery, in which the people of America created — and filled — 19 million new jobs. The other is the recovery of our morale. America is respected again in the world and looked to for leadership.
Something that happened to me a few years ago reflects some of
this. It was back in 1981, and I was attending my first big economic
summit, which was held that year in Canada. The meeting place rotates
among the member countries. The opening meeting was a formal dinner for
the heads of government of the seven industrialized nations. Now, I sat
there like the new kid in school and listened, and it was all Francois
this and Helmut that. They dropped titles and spoke to one another on a
first-name basis. Well, at one point I sort of leaned in and said, “My
name’s Ron.” Well, in that same year, we began the actions we felt
would ignite an economic comeback — cut taxes and regulation, started
to cut spending. And soon the recovery began.
Two years later, another economic summit with pretty much the same cast.
At the big opening meeting we all got together, and all of a sudden,
just for a moment, I saw that everyone was just sitting there looking at
me. And then one of them broke the silence. “Tell us about the
American miracle,” he said.
Well, back in 1980, when I was running for President, it was
all so different. Some pundits said our programs would result in
catastrophe. Our views on foreign affairs would cause war. Our plans for
the economy would cause inflation to soar and bring about economic
collapse. I even remember one highly respected economist saying, back in
1982, that “The engines of economic growth
have shut down here, and they’re likely to stay that way for years to
come.” Well, he and the other opinion leaders were wrong. The fact is,
what they called “radical” was really “right.” What they called
“dangerous” was just “desperately needed.”
And in all of that time I won a nickname, “The Great
Communicator.” But I never thought it was my style or the words I used
that made a difference: it was the content. I wasn’t a great
communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn’t spring
full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation —
from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in the principles that
have guided us for two centuries. They called it the Reagan revolution.
Well, I’ll accept that, but for me it always seemed more like the great
rediscovery, a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.
Common sense told us that when you put a big tax on something,
the people will produce less of it. So, we cut the people’s tax rates,
and the people produced more than ever before. The economy bloomed like a
plant that had been cut back and could now grow quicker and stronger.
Our economic program brought about the longest peacetime expansion in
our history: real family income up, the poverty rate down,
entrepreneurship booming, and an explosion in research and new
technology. We’re exporting more than ever because American industry
became more competitive and at the same time, we summoned the national
will to knock down protectionist walls abroad instead of erecting them
Common sense also told us that to preserve the peace,
we’d have to become strong again after years of weakness and confusion.
So, we rebuilt our defenses, and this New Year we toasted the new
peacefulness around the globe. Not only have the superpowers actually
begun to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons — and hope for even
more progress is bright — but the regional conflicts that rack the
globe are also beginning to cease. The Persian Gulf is no longer a war
zone. The Soviets are leaving Afghanistan. The Vietnamese are preparing to pull out of Cambodia, and an American-mediated accord will soon send 50,000 Cuban troops home from Angola.
The lesson of all this was, of course, that because we’re a
great nation, our challenges seem complex. It will always be this way.
But as long as we remember our first principles and believe in
ourselves, the future will always be ours. And something else we
learned: Once you begin a great movement, there’s no telling where it
will end. We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world.
Countries across the globe are turning to free markets and free
speech and turning away from the ideologies of the past. For them, the
great rediscovery of the 1980’s has been that, lo and behold, the moral
way of government is the practical way of government: Democracy, the
profoundly good, is also the profoundly productive.
When you’ve got to the point when you can celebrate the
anniversaries of your 39th birthday you can sit back sometimes, review
your life, and see it flowing before you. For me there was a fork in the
river, and it was right in the middle of my life. I never meant to go
into politics. It wasn’t my intention when I was young. But I was raised
to believe you had to pay your way for the blessings bestowed on you. I
was happy with my career in the entertainment world, but I ultimately
went into politics because I wanted to protect something precious.
Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that
truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: “We
the People.” “We the People” tell the government what to do; it
doesn’t tell us. “We the People” are the driver; the government is the
car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast.
Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents in which governments
tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a
document in which “We the People” tell the
government what it is allowed to do. “We the People” are free. This
belief has been the underlying basis for everything I’ve tried to do
these past 8 years.
But back in the 1960’s, when I began, it
seemed to me that we’d begun reversing the order of things — that
through more and more rules and regulations and confiscatory taxes, the
government was taking more of our money, more of our options, and more
of our freedom. I went into politics in part to put up my hand and say,
“Stop.” I was a citizen politician, and it seemed the right thing for a
citizen to do.
I think we have stopped a lot of what
needed stopping. And I hope we have once again reminded people that man
is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and
effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As
government expands, liberty contracts.
Nothing is less free than pure communism — and yet we have,
the past few years, forged a satisfying new closeness with the Soviet
Union. I’ve been asked if this isn’t a gamble, and my answer is no
because we’re basing our actions not on words but deeds. The detente of
the 1970’s was based not on actions but promises. They’d promise to
treat their own people and the people of the world better. But the gulag
was still the gulag, and the state was still expansionist, and they
still waged proxy wars in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Well, this time, so far, it’s different. President Gorbachev
has brought about some internal democratic reforms and begun the
withdrawal from Afghanistan. He has also freed prisoners whose names
I’ve given him every time we’ve met.
But life has a way of reminding you of big things through small
incidents. Once, during the heady days of the Moscow summit, Nancy and I
decided to break off from the entourage one afternoon to visit the
shops on Arbat Street —
that’s a little street just off Moscow’s main shopping area. Even
though our visit was a surprise, every Russian there immediately
recognized us and called out our names and reached for our hands. We
were just about swept away by the warmth. You could almost feel the
possibilities in all that joy. But within seconds, a KGB detail pushed
their way toward us and began pushing and shoving the people in the
crowd. It was an interesting moment. It reminded me that while the man
on the street in the Soviet Union yearns for peace, the government is
Communist. And those who run it are Communists, and that means we and
they view such issues as freedom and human rights very differently.
We must keep up our guard, but we must also continue to work
together to lessen and eliminate tension and mistrust. My view is that
President Gorbachev is different from previous Soviet leaders. I think
he knows some of the things wrong with his society and is trying to fix
them. We wish him well. And we’ll continue to work to make sure that the
Soviet Union that eventually emerges from this process is a less
threatening one. What it all boils down to is this: I want the new
closeness to continue. And it will, as long as we make it clear that we
will continue to act in a certain way as long as they continue to act in
a helpful manner. If and when they don’t, at first pull your punches.
If they persist, pull the plug. It’s still trust but verify. It’s still
play, but cut the cards. It’s still watch closely. And don’t be afraid
to see what you see.
I’ve been asked if I have any regrets. Well, I do. The deficit
is one. I’ve been talking a great deal about that lately, but tonight
isn’t for arguments, and I’m going to hold my tongue. But an
observation: I’ve had my share of victories in the Congress, but what
few people noticed is that I never won anything you didn’t win for me.
They never saw my troops, they never saw
Reagan’s regiments, the American people. You won every battle with every
call you made and letter you wrote demanding action. Well, action is
still needed. If we’re to finish the job, Reagan’s regiments will have
to become the Bush brigades. Soon he’ll be the chief, and he’ll need you
every bit as much as I did.
Finally, there is a great tradition of warnings in Presidential
farewells, and I’ve got one that’s been on my mind for some time. But
oddly enough it starts with one of the things I’m proudest of in the
past 8 years: the resurgence of national pride that I called the new
patriotism. This national feeling is good, but it won’t count for much,
and it won’t last unless it’s grounded in thoughtfulness and knowledge.
An informed patriotism is what we want. And are we doing a good
enough job teaching our children what America is and what she
represents in the long history of the world? Those of us who are over 35
or so years of age grew up in a different America.
We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we
absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of
its institutions. If you didn’t get these things from your family you
got them from the neighborhood, from the father down the street who
fought in Korea or the family who lost someone at Anzio.
Or you could get a sense of patriotism from school. And if all else
failed you could get a sense of patriotism from the popular culture. The
movies celebrated democratic values and implicitly reinforced the idea
that America was special. TV was like that, too, through the mid-sixties.
But now, we’re about to enter the nineties, and some things have changed. Younger parents aren’t sure that an unambivalent appreciation of America
is the right thing to teach modern children. And as for those who
create the popular culture, well-grounded patriotism is no longer the
style. Our spirit is back, but we haven’t reinstitutionalized it. We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America
is freedom — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of
enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs
So, we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion
but what’s important — why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle
was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. You know, 4 years ago
on the 40th anniversary of D – day, I read a letter from a young woman
writing to her late father, who’d fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, “we will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy
did.” Well, let’s help her keep her word. If we forget what we did, we
won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American
memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American
spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history
and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.
And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America
begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope
the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching
you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.
And that’s about all I have to say
tonight, except for one thing. The past few days when I’ve been at that
window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the “shining city upon a hill.”
The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America
he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early
Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we’d call
a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a
home that would be free.
I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I
don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But
in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than
oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds
living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with
commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls
had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart
to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.
And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was 8 years ago.
But more than that: After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands
strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no
matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who
must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are
hurtling through the darkness, toward home.
We’ve done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a
final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and
women across America who for 8 years did the work that brought America
back. My friends: We did it. We weren’t just marking time. We made a
difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we
left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.
And so, goodbye, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.
Note: The President spoke at 9:02 p.m. from the Oval Office at the White House. The address was broadcast live on nationwide radio and television.