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Remarks by Mrs. Laura Bush at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring Aung San Suu Kyi
It is a privilege to add my voice to a global chorus of honors for Aung San Suu Kyi – and to send along the deep respect of my husband George as well. The transition in Burma – like past events in South Africa or Eastern Europe – shows that history has a hopeful direction. It is capable of miracles. There is a part of every soul that longs for freedom. And any government built on oppression is built on sand. But as Mandela and Havel demonstrated, vast historical changes often begin in a single mind, a single heart. And the hope that now grows in Burma is a tribute to Daw Suu. One of the most repressive governments on earth attempted to isolate and silence one woman. It must have seemed an easy task. Instead, the regime encountered an immovable object – and its legitimacy broke against her character. Daw Suu became a symbol of courage, persistence and defiance – a symbol that integrity was still possible in Burma. And the symbol became an inspiration for activists, monks and millions around the world. With her long isolation ended, some of us have finally met Daw Suu in person, and found, not a symbol, but a woman of tremendous humor, honesty and grace. And that has only increased our admiration. When political prisoners are freed, and normal political life revives, it is the start of new tasks. Burma has needed Daw Suu’s courage and patience. Now it also needs her wisdom and leadership in the work of reform and reconciliation. Her contribution to Burma is decades old – and just beginning. Today our country honors an exceptional woman who became the mother of her country. And we pledge our support in all the work ahead. Thank you. - Laura Bush
Chinese Prisoner’s Death Holds a Message for Americans and China
Liu Xiaobo, China’s most prominent dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner died this week. His death holds a message for Americans and for China.
Release of Chinese Political Prisoner a Timely Reminder to Support Freedom Advocates Abroad
More than half the world’s population still lives in countries where basic political rights and civil liberties are only partly respected, if at all.
Bringing Freedom to the Forefront of 21st Century Politics
Is the global liberal democratic order in danger? Purposefully constructed in the aftermath of World War II, this order -- and the American leadership that is central to its success --has contributed to securing peace and expanding prosperity in the United States and around the world. Today, that order appears to be dissolving. This crisis is not new or sudden; it has been mounting for several years. Global challenges like authoritarian capitalism, violent extremism, demographic pressures, and displaced populations have placed global freedom in decline. Fraying traditional alliances united by core values of freedom are increasingly weak to respond. It is alarming that the downdraft in democratic resilience over the past decade or more includes countries that have long been part of the consolidated democratic West. This is democratic deconsolidation. In much of the Western world, we see a rise in demagogic populism, illiberalism, nationalism, protectionism, and waning conf
The Importance of Speaking Truth to Tyrants
What the president of the United States says matters. Even during the realpolitik policies of détente under Richard Nixon, it was still clear that American policy was based on a set of core values. Nixon’s practical goals of reaching deals with America’s adversaries was never based on the “great chemistry” with himself or praising the Soviet or Communist Chinese leadership doing a “fantastic job.” When the president aligns himself with the autocrats and dictators, he aligns America with their oppression. He sends a message that corruption and brutality are not our concern. Contrast that with how Ronald Reagan defied much of world opinion in calling out the brutality of the Soviet system. Natan Sharansky, then a refusenik imprisoned in a Soviet gulag, later wrote for the Weekly Standard of his thoughts on Reagan’s pronouncement that the USSR was an evil empire: “It was the great, brilliant moment whe