Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Bush to Scouts: Be Men of Conviction and Character

This past Sunday, President Bush addressed the 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill near Bowling Green, Virginia. News! For Christians has the text of the entire speech online, but here's an excerpt: . . .

In the years ahead you will find that indifferent or cynical people accomplish little that makes them proud. You'll find that confronting injustice and evil requires a vision of goodness and truth. You'll find that many in your community, especially those younger than you, look to you as an example of conduct and leadership. For your sake, and for the sake of our country, I hope you'll always strive to be men of conviction and character. (Applause.)

Finally, your life will grow in meaning when you serve a cause greater than yourself. There's a wise saying: We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. (Applause.) That truth is expressed well in the Scout slogan: Do a good turn daily. (Applause.) When you help someone in need, you're making America more hopeful, one heart and one soul at a time. And you're answering the call to love a neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself. (Applause.)

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