January 31, 1990 -- January 29, 1991 -- January 28, 1992
more than 40 years, America and its allies held Communism in check and insured that democracy would continue to exist. And today, with Communism crumbling, our aim must be to insure democracy's advance, to take the lead in forging peace and freedom's best hope, a great and growing commonwealth of free nations.
And to the Congres and to all Americans, I say it is time to acclaim a new consensus at home and abroad, a common vision of the peaceful world we want to see.
Here in our own hemisphere it is time for all the people of the Americas, North and South, to live in freedom.
In the Far East and Africa, it's time for the full flowering of free governments and free markets that have served the engine of progress.
It is time to offer our hand to the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe so that continent, for too long a continent divided, can see a future whole and free.
It's time to build on our new relationship with the Soviet Union, to endorse and encourage a peaceful process of internal chan