For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determinationof the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a strangerwhen the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours thansee a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter'scourage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture achild, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But thosevalues upon which our success depends-honesty and hard work, courage and fair play,tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism-these things are old. These things are true.They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then isa return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility-arecognition on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, andthe world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in theknowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, thangiving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promises of citizenship.
This is the source of our conficence-the knowledge that God calls on us to shape anuncertain destiny.
1. take in
eg. The club took in a new member last week.
eg. We should get rid of the stale and take in the fresh.
2. would rather do sth. than do sth.
eg. I would rather remain poor than get money by dishonest means.
eg. I would rather die than live in disgrace.
3. be filled with
eg. He was filled with anger at the way he had been treated.
eg. My room is filled with the odour of roses.
4. depend upon
eg. Whether you will succeed or not depend upon your own exertion.
eg. Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it dependssolely on what you calculate.
5. call on sb. to do sth.
eg. You'd better call on your friends to help you.
eg. I now call on Mr. Jones to address the meeting.