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  Ronald Reagan - State of the Union Address (Feb 4, 1986)
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ContributorThomas Walker 
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DescriptionMr. Speaker, Mr. President, distinguished members of the Congress, honored guests and fellow citizens, thank you for allowing me to delay my address until this evening. We paused together to mourn and honor the valor of our seven Challenger heroes . And I hope that we are now ready to do what they would want us to do--go forward America and reach for the stars. We will never forget those brave seven, but we shall go forward.

Mr. Speaker, before I begin my prepared remarks, may I point out that tonight marks the 10th and last State of the Union message that you've presided over. And on behalf of the American people, I want to salute you for your service to Congress and country.

I have come to review with you the progress of our Nation, to speak of unfinished work, and to set our sights on the future. I am pleased to report the state of our Union is stronger than a year ago, and growing stronger each day. Tonight, we look out on a rising America--firm of heart, united in spirit, powerful in pride and patriotism--America is on the move!

But, it wasn't long ago that we looked out on a different land--locked factory gates, long gasoline lines, intolerable prices and interest rates turning the greatest country on earth into a land of broken dreams. Government growing beyond our consent had become a lumbering giant, slamming shut the gates of opportunity, threatening to crush the very roots of our freedom.

What brought America back? The American people brought us back--with quiet courage and common sense; with undying faith that in this Nation under God the future will be ours, for the future belongs to the free.
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