Carter’s “Malaise Speech” of 1979 (remembering the crisis of interventionism)
From now on, each fresh addition to our need for energy will be met from our own creation and our own conservation. The generation-long increase in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we proceed through the 1980s, for I am tonight setting the additional objective of cutting our dependence on foreign petroleum by one-half at the conclusion of the following decade — a saving of over 4-1/2 million barrels of imported oil every day.
We all are the same Americans who only ten years ago set a person on the Moon. We’re the generation that committed our society into the pursuit of individual equality and rights. And we’re the generation which can win the war about the energy issue and in that procedure reconstruct the unity and optimism of America.
“Mr. President, we are in trouble. Speak to us about blood and sweat and tears”
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