Joe Biden's Declaration of Candidacy -- Draft
13 August 2003
has acquired a draft copy of Joe Biden's aborted declaration of candidacy
speech. Reminds us a bit of a speech he gave back in '88.
Joe Biden Presidential Exploratory Committee
Declaration of Candidacy -- Draft #3
on the tiny deck of the Arabella in 1630 off the Massachusetts coast, John
Winthrop said, "We will be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people
are upon us, so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have
undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall
be made a story and a byword throughout the world." Well, we have not dealt
falsely with our God, even if He is temporarily suspended from the classroom.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
have to start early, I was born in 1913. Our family was one of modest circumstances,
and most of my early life was spent in a store out in East Whittier. It was
a grocery store, one of those family enterprises.
In the 1950s, Khrushchev predicted: "We will bury you." But in the West today,
we see a free world that has achieved a level of prosperity and well-being
unprecedented in all human history. In the Communist world, we see failure,
technological backwardness, declining standards of health, even want of the
most basic kind--too little food. Even today, the Soviet Union still cannot
feed itself. After these four decades, then, there stands before the entire
world one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity.
Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace.
Freedom is the victor.
Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet
Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate!
Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity,
and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial
hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting
the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means
the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing (with powers so
disposed, in order to give trade a stable course, to define the rights of
our merchants, and to enable the government to support them) conventional
rules of intercourse, the best that present circumstances and mutual opinion
will permit, but temporary, and liable to be from time to time abandoned
or varied, as experience and circumstances shall dictate; constantly keeping
in view that it is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from
another; that it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever
it may accept under that character; that, by such acceptance, it may place
itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors, and
yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be
no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation
to nation. It is an illusion, which experience must cure, which a just pride
ought to discard.
not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France and
on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing
strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be;
we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on
the hills. We shall never surrender and even if, which I do not for the moment
believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving,
then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet,
will carry on the struggle until in God's good time the New World with all
its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old.
Thank you, good night, and God Bless America.
If you have any questions about the authenticity of this speech, please contact Andrew Alexander.