As Americans,we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I have prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology likedrones is properly constrained. (Applause.) It’s why we speak out against thedeplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world.(Applause.) It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims,the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That’s why we defendfree speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecutionof women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual ortransgender. We do these things not only because they are the right things todo, but because ultimately they will make us safer. (Applause.)
作为美国人,即使在我们自身受到威胁的时候,我们也要尊重人的尊严。由于这个原因,我们禁止酷刑,并且确保我们对无人机之类的新技术的使用受到适当的限制。由于这个原因,我们公开反对在世界某些地区重新抬头的可悲的反犹太主义。由于这个原因,我们继续反对攻击穆斯林而进行的刻板归类,他们中的极大多数人和我们一样致力于和平,由于这个原因,我们保护言论自由,维护政治犯权益,谴责迫害女性、少数宗教教徒、男女同性恋者、双性人和变性人。我们采取这些行动不仅因为它们是正确的,而是因为会使我们更安全。

As Americans,we have a profound commitment to justice. So it makes no sense to spend $3million per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit. (Applause.) Since I’ve been President, we’ve worked responsibly to cut the population of Gitmo in half. Now it is time to finishthe job. And I will not relent in my determination to shut it down. It is notwho we are. It’s time to close Gitmo. (Applause.)
作为美国人,我们对正义有深刻的承诺—因此没必要在每个囚犯身上花300万美元来维持一所监狱。这所监狱不仅遭到全世界谴责,而且被恐怖份子作为招募理由。自从我出任总统以来,我们负责任地把关塔纳摩湾拘留营中的人数减少了一半,现在是完成这项工作的时候了,我将毫不迟疑地关闭这个拘留营,因为这不符合我们的原则。

As Americans,we cherish our civil liberties, and we need to uphold that commitment if wewant maximum cooperation from other countries and industry in our fight against terrorist networks. So while some have moved on from the debates over our surveillance programs, I have not. As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard, with the recommendations of privacy advocates, to increase transparency and build more safeguards against potential abuse. And next month,we’ll issue a report on how we’re keeping our promise to keep our country safe while strengthening privacy.
作为美国人,我们珍视民权。如果我们想在打击恐怖网络的战争中得到其他国家和行业最大限度的合作,我们就必须坚持这一承诺。因此,虽然有些人已经结束了有关我们情报项目的争论,可是我还没有。正如我们所承诺的那样,我们的情报机构努力工作,根据民间机构的建议增加了透明度,建立了更多的防止滥用权力的保障机制,下个月,我们将发布一项报告,介绍我们如何在保持对国家安全承诺的同时保障个人隐私。

Looking to the future instead of the past. Making sure we match our power with diplomacy, anduse force wisely. Building coalitions to meet new challenges and opportunities.Leading — always — with the example of our values. That’s what makes usexceptional. That’s what keeps us strong. That’s why we have to keep strivingto hold ourselves to the highest of standards — our own.
我们要向前看,而不是往后看;要结合运用实力与外交,明智地使用武力;要建立联盟来迎接新的挑战和机遇,永远以自己的价值观作为榜样,发挥领导作用。我们因此而与众不同,我们因此而强大。因此,我们必须努力坚持最高的标准——我们自己的标准。

You know, justover a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn’t aliberal America or a conservative America; a black America or a white America– but a United States of America. I said this because I had seen it in my ownlife, in a nation that gave someone like me a chance; because I grew up in Hawaii, a melting pot of races and customs; because I made Illinois my home –a state of small towns, rich farmland, one of the world’s great cities; amicrocosm of the country where Democrats and Republicans and Independents, good people of every ethnicity and every faith, share certain bedrock values.
大家知道,仅仅是在十年之前,我在波士顿发表了一篇讲演,我在讲演中称不存在自由派美国或者保守派美国,黑人的美国或者白人的美国,只有一个美国。我说这样的话是因为我在自己的生活中看到这一点,在这样一个给了像我这样的人一个机会的国家,因为我在夏威夷长大,那是种族和风俗的熔炉。因为我在伊利诺斯州安家,那是一个由小型城镇、富有的农场、世界最伟大城市之一组成的州。它是民主党人、共和党人、独立派人士、各种民族和信仰的好人共享的一些坚定价值观的微观世界。

Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency hasn’t delivered on this vision. How ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than ever. It’s held up as proof not just of my own flaws — of which there are many — but also as proof that the vision itself is misguided,na?ve, that there are too many people in this town who actually benefit from partisanship and gridlock for us to ever do anything about it.
在过去六年,所谓的智者不止一次指出,我的总统任期并没能实现那一愿景。他们称,我们的政治看上去更加分裂,这是多么具有讽刺性。它还被当作不仅仅是我个人缺点的一个证据,我有许多缺点,还被当作这样的愿景本身是被误导的、天真的的证据,华盛顿有太多人事实上从两党之争和僵局中获利,而非为之做些什么。

I know how tempting such cynicism may be. But I still think the cynics are wrong. I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things,even when the odds are long. (Applause.)
我知道这样的愤世嫉俗主义是多么诱人,但我认为这些愤世嫉俗者是错的。我仍相信我们是一个民族,我仍相信,我们一起可以做伟大的事情,即便机会很渺茫。

I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at itsbest. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York toCalifornia, and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs,New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown, in Boston, in West Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains, from Midwest assembly linesto the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from awedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, acivil right now legal in states that seven in 10 Americans call home.(Applause.)
我相信这一点,因为我在任的六年里,我多次看到美国最好的时刻。我看到了从纽约至加州的年轻毕业生充满希望的脸,我们在西点军校、安纳波利斯、科多拉多州斯伯林斯、新伦敦新军官充满希望的脸。我在图桑市、纽顿镇、波士顿、威斯特西弗吉尼州等地和悲痛的家人们一起哀悼。我看到美国人从墨西哥海湾至北美大平原,从中西部的组装线到中大西洋海床击退灾难。我看到像同性恋婚姻这样原先使我们分裂的议题转变成我们国家各地自由的故事,同性恋者现在已能够在十分之七的美国各州合法结婚。

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people whoevery day live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’skeeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.
所以,我深知美国人民的善良、乐观和慷慨,他们每天都以我们是我们兄弟姐妹的守护者的观念生活。我知道,他们希望在这里服务的我们能够树立一个更好的榜样。

So the question for those of us here tonight is how we, all of us, can better reflect America’s hopes. I’ve served in Congress with many of you. I know many of you well. There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. And manyof you have told me that this isn’t what you signed up for — arguing past eachother on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.
所以,今晚在这里的人们的问题是,我们,我们所有人如何更好地反映美国的希望,我曾与你们中的许多人一起在国会服务。我熟悉你们中的许多人,民主和共和两党议员中都有许多好人。你们中的许多人曾告诉我,这不是你所竞选时所想要的东西,在有线电视节目上争吵,不停地筹款,总是小心翼翼地观察基础选民对每个决定所作的反应。

Imagine if webroke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.Understand, a better politics isn’t one where Democrats abandon their agenda or Republicans simply embrace mine. A better politics is one where we appeal toeach other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears. A better politics isone where we debate without demonizing each other; where we talk issues and values, and principles and facts, rather than “gotcha” moments, ortrivial gaffes, or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people’sdaily lives. (Applause.)
想像一个如果我们打破这些老旧的模式,想像一下我们做一些截然不同的事情。请明白,一个更好的政治不是民主党人放弃他们的议事日程,或者仅仅是共和党来拥抱我的议事日程。一个更好的政治是在不妖魔化的对方的情况下进行辩论,我们谈论议题、价值观、原则、事实,而不是“我抓住你的弱点了”的时刻或者微不足道的口误或者与人们日常生活毫无关系的虚假争议。

A politics –a better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money forads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting young people up with a sense of purpose and possibility, asking them to join in the great mission of building America.
一个更好的政治是我们花更多时间带着目标和可行性来提升年轻人,请求他们投身建设美国的伟大使命,花更少时间沉溺于攻击广告所需的黑钱之中。

If we’re goingto have arguments, let’s have arguments, but let’s make them debates worthy ofthis body and worthy of this country. We still may not agree on a woman’s rightto choose, but surely we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies andabortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care that she needs. (Applause.)
如果我们有争论的话,让我们进行争论,但让它们成为与配得上国会和美国的辩论。我们可能仍无法就女性的选择权达成共识,但是我们肯定都认为少女怀孕和堕胎率接近历史最低,所有女性可以得到她所需要的医疗护理是一件好事。

Yes, passionsstill fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves inthe striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hard working mom is snatched from her child, and that it’s possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. I’vetalked to Republicans and Democrats about that. That’s something that we canshare. 是的,人们在讨论移民议题非常激动,但我们肯定可以从奋斗的年轻学生身上看到我们自身的影子,我们都认为当一个努力工作的母亲被迫与她的孩子分离时,没有人从中受益,塑造一个维持我们作为法制国家和移民国家传统的法律是可能的。

We may go atit in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote issacred; that it’s being denied to too many — (applause) — and that on this 50th anniversary of the great march from Selma to Montgomery and the passage ofthe Voting Rights Act, we can come together, Democrats and Republicans, to makevoting easier for every single American. (Applause.)
我们可能在竞选季节时谈到它,但可以肯定的说,我们都认为选举权是神圣的,但太多的人被剥夺了这种权利,在赛尔马至蒙戈马利大游行和投票权利法案五十周年之际,我们可以团结起来,民主党人和共和党人,使每个美国人的投票变得更容易。

We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed.And surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift. (Applause.)And surely we can agree that it’s a good thing that for the first time in 40years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America’s criminal justice system so that it protects and serves all of us. (Applause.)
我们可能对弗格森和纽约发生的事件有不同看法,但我们肯定可以理解一位担心他的儿子在回家时遭到骚扰的父亲。我们肯定可以理解无法入睡直到她的警官丈夫值完班走进家门的妻子。可以肯定,我们都认为犯罪率和关押率四十年来首次一起下降是一件好事,这开以是民主党人、共和党人、社区领导人、执法部门来改革美国刑事司法制度的起点,以更好地保护和服务我们所有人。

That’s abetter politics. That’s how we start rebuilding trust. That’s how we move this country forward. That’s what the American people want. And that’s what they deserve.
这就是更好的政治,这是我们如何开始重建信任,这是我们如何使这个国家前行,这是美国人想要的,这是他们应当获得的。

I have no more campaigns to run. (Applause.) My only agenda — (laughter) — I know because Iwon both of them. (Applause.) My only agenda for the next two years is the sameas the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol– to do what I believe is best for America. If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, I ask you to join me in the work at hand. If you disagreewith parts of it, I hope you’ll at least work with me where you do agree. And Icommit to every Republican here tonight that I will not only seek out yourideas, I will seek to work with you to make this country stronger. (Applause.)
我已没有更多的竞选活动要参加。我在未来两年的唯一日程表和我自从在国会山上宣誓就任起是一样的,那就是做我认为对于美国是最好的事情。如果你认同我今晚所描述的广泛愿景,请加入我一起处理手头的工作,如果你对其中的部分持不同意见,我希望你至少可以在你认同的部分上与我共事。我向今晚出席的所有共和党人保证,我不仅将征求你们的想法,我还将努力与你们共事,以使这个国家更加强大。

Because I want this chamber, I want this city to reflect the truth — that for all our blind spots and shortcomings, we are a people with the strength and generosity of spirit to bridge divides, to unite in common effort, to help our neighbors, whether down the street or on the other side of the world.
因为我想让国会,这个城市来反映真相,尽管我们有各种盲点和缺点,但我们是有力量和慷慨精神的民族,可以弥补分裂,在共同努力方面团结一致,帮助我们的邻居,不管是在街边或者是在世界另一端。

I want ouractions to tell every child in every neighborhood, your life matters, and weare committed to improving your life chances as committed as we are to working on behalf of our own kids. (Applause.) I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we’re a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen — man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino, Asian, immigrant, Native American, gay, straight,Americans with mental illness or physical disability. Everybody matters. I want them to grow up in a country that shows the world what we still know to betrue: that we are still more than a collection of red states and blue states;that we are the United States of America.
我想让我们的行动告诉所有社区的每个孩子:你们的生命是重要的,我们将致力于像改善我们自己孩子生命机遇那样改善你们的。我想让后代知道,我们是视我们的差异是伟大礼物的民族,我们是珍视每个公民尊严和价值的民族,无论男人和女人,年轻人和老人,黑人和白人,拉丁裔和亚裔,移民和印第安人,同性恋者和异性恋者、身体还是精神残疾的美国人。我想让他们在这样一个国家长大,这个国家向世界表明,我们仍知道梦想:我们不止是一些红色州和蓝色州的集合,我们是美利坚合众国。

I want them togrow up in a country where a young mom can sit down and write a letter to her President with a story that sums up these past six years: “It’s amazing what you can bounce back from when you have to…we are a strong, tight-knit family who’s made it through some very, very hard times.”
我想让他们在这样一个国家长大,像瑞贝卡这样年轻的母亲可以致信给她的总统,用一个故事来总结过去的六年:“这是惊奇的,你在不得已的情况下东山再起的程度,我们是一个强有力的、关系密切的家庭,我们一起熬过了一些非常非常艰难的时刻。”

My fellow Americans, we, too, are a strong, tight-knit family. We, too, have made it through some hard times. Fifteen years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and begun again the work of remaking America. We have laid a new foundation. A brighter future is ours to write.Let’s begin this new chapter together — and let’s start the work right now.
我的美国同胞们,我们也是一个强大的、密切联系的家庭。我们也熬过了一些艰难的时光。在进入新世纪十五年之际,我们已重振精神,掸掉身上的灰尘,再次开始重塑美国的工作。我们已打下了一个新的基础。一个更明亮的未来正等待我们书写,让我们一起开始这一新篇章吧,让我们现在就开始为之而奋斗吧。

Thank you. Godb less you. God bless this country we love. Thank you.
谢谢,上帝保佑你,上帝保佑这个我们热爱的国家。

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