1Thank you for all that energy and enthusiasm. It is just what we need for the battle ahead. So keep it up and don’t ever falter.
2When California does well, America does well. And when California hurts, America hurts.
3We don’t have a Statue of Liberty with its inscription: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” But we do have the Golden Gate and a spirit of adventure and openness that has welcomed – since the Gold Rush of 1848 – one wave of immigration after another.
4For myself, I feel privileged to stand before you as your governor, as did my father almost sixty years ago.
5It is that spirit of perseverance and courage which built our state from the beginning. And it is that spirit which will get us through the great uncertainty and the difficulties ahead.
6The recent election and inauguration of a new President have shown deep divisions across America.
7While no one knows what the new leaders will actually do, there are signs that are disturbing.
8We must prepare for uncertain times and reaffirm the basic principles that have made California the Great Exception that it is.
9I recognize that under the Constitution, federal law is supreme and that Washington determines immigration policy. But as a state we can and have had a role to play.
10Whatever they do in Washington, they can’t change the facts. And these are the facts: the climate is changing, the temperatures are rising and so are the oceans. Natural habitats everywhere are under increasing stress.
11As we face the hard journey ahead, we will have to summon, as Abraham Lincoln said, “the better angels of our nature.”
12Along with truth, we must practice civility. Although we have disagreed – often along party lines – we have generally been civil to one another and avoided the rancor of Washington.
13Democrats are in the majority, but Republicans represent real Californians too.
14While we now face different challenges, make no mistake: the future is uncertain and dangers abound.
15America found boundless opportunity. And so will we.
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