The scene fades in on Prime Minister Kelly and his new Asari Girlfriend standing on a stage in front of what looks like a sea of humanity with some other races sprinkled in. Delta was also standing on the stage although off to the left and though Eden Prime was considered safe Delta wasn’t about to let his guard down now. Once a Salarian in a black cloak stepped onto the stage the crowd erupted in cheers. Walking to the middle of the stage he gestures to Kelly who walks over and raises his right hand in the air.
“In accordance with Citadel law I certify that this election was held in true faith and allegiance of the laws in Council Space. Please repeat after me. I … do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Alliance and the laws of Council Space.” The Salarian said making sure he spoke slowly and clearly.
“I Richard Kelly do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Alliance and the laws of Council Space.” Kelly repeated his voice trembling slighting as the enormity of the event began to sink in.
“Against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.” The Salarian countered the second Kelly finished his sentence.
“Against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.” Kelly responded his voice growing a little clearer and stronger.
“That I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.” Again the Salarian didn’t waste any time with the response.
“That I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.” Kelly quickly responded.
“Then by the power given to me under Article one fifty six of Council Law I hereby recognize you as the sole leader and ruler supreme of the Human Race and The Alliance forces. It is my duty to remind you that you have six months from now to send forth a Councilor to represent the humans on the Citadel Council. Of course the acting Council members still must approve your selection. Congratulations Prime Minster Kelly!” With that the Salarian held out his right hand and shook Kelly’s hand before stepping off to the side.
Kelly shakes the Salarian’s hand he then slowly let his eyes take in the crowd in front of him, human, Asari, Turian, and Salarian. Kelly then moves forward to a solid oak podium and sets his hands on the podium and takes a deep breath.
A fire in his eyes is noticeable, his voice booms across the crowd “It is custom for the new Prime Minster to say a few words to those here, after the Oath of Office is finished. I have chosen to craft this speech after a great leader. A man from the late twentieth century who faced some of the same problems we face today. Instead of the Ledan he stared down Communism and the Iron Curtin. Instead of a self-inflected plague he faced the low morale of a disillusioned people. Our problems are of our own doing and I think we can clean up our mess with the help of our allies.” Kelly said to a roar of applause.
Waiting for the cheers to calm he continued his speech. “Parliament Members, Council Members, and Alliance Command, I want our fellow citizens to know how much you did. By your gracious cooperation in the transition process, you have shown a watching galaxy that we are a united and pledged to maintaining a political system which guarantees individual liberty to a greater degree than any other, and I thank you and your people for all your help in maintaining the continuity which is the bulwark of our Republic.” Kelly turned and nodded to the many dignitaries sitting or standing behind him.
Taking a breath Kelly continued his speech. “The business of our race goes forward. The Human Race confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained inflations in our history. It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed-income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of billions of our people.” Kelly says to a mostly silent crowd.
“Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, human misery, and personal indignity. Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.” He continued.
Pausing for a moment before continuing “But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals. Our spending is now higher than the rebuilding years that occurred shortly after the end of the Reaper War.” Kelly said to those in the crowd listening intently.
“The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we as humans have the capacity now, as we've had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve our bastion of freedom.” Cheers of the crowds cause Kelly to pause.
Waiting for a moment Kelly continued “This time knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up from those who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we're sick -- professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and ship drivers. They are, in short, ‘We the people,’ this breed called Humanity.”
“So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a race that has a government -- not the other way around. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.”
“It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Alliance establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Alliance Government and those reserved to the Countries or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Alliance Government did not create the Countries; the Countries created the Alliance Government.” The crowd erupts in cheer again.
Once again pausing until the crowd settled Kelly continued “Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it's not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work… Work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.”
“If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people in the history of humanity, it was because here in this galaxy we unleashed the energy and individual genius of humanity to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.”
“It is time for us to realize that we're too great a race to limit ourselves to small dreams. We're not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope in each other.”
“We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we're in a time when there are not heroes, they just don't know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the worlds beyond. You meet heroes across a counter, and they're on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They're individuals and families whose taxes support the government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet, but deep. Their values sustain our way of life and others.”
“Now, I have used the words ``they'' and ``their'' in speaking of these heroes. I could say ``you'' and ``your,'' because I'm addressing the heroes of whom I speak -- you, the citizens of the human race and our allies. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me.”
“We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our Planets and Colonies and not love our countrymen and women; and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they're sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?”
“Can we solve the problems confronting us? Well, the answer is an unequivocal and emphatic ‘yes.’ To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I've just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the galaxy's strongest economy.”
“On the eve of struggle for the independence of the then United States, a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, president of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, ‘Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of . . . . On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.’ So let that be our rally call.”
“Well, I believe we, the humans of this time, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children's children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the Galaxy. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.” The crowd again begins to cheer.
Pausing for a moment then Kelly continued “To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale.”
“As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the Human people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it, now or ever.”
“Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.”
“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the galaxy is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free people humans and others. It is a weapon our adversaries today do not have. It is a weapon that we do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.”
“This is the first time in our history that this ceremony has been held, as you've been told, on this West Front of the Capitol here on Eden Prime. Standing here, one faces a magnificent vista, opening up on this city's special beauty and history. At the end of this open mall are those shrines to the giants on whose shoulders we stand.”
“Beyond those monuments to heroism, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Alliance National Cemetery, with its row upon row of simple white markers. They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom.”
“Each one of those markers is a monument to the kind of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called London, The Citadel, Eden Prime, Grissom Academy, Terra Nova, Virmire Beach, Frist Contact, and halfway around the galaxy on Omega, Ilos, Krios, the Keystone Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Earth.”
Under one such marker lies a young woman, Marsha Trep, who left her job in a small town shop in 2183 to join the Alliance with the famed Fifth Fleet. Here, on the Eden Prime, she was killed trying to send a message between battalions under heavy Geth artillery fire.”
“We're told that on her body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, ‘My Pledge,’ he had written these words: ‘Humans must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if
the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.’ On her alone.”
“The crisis we are facing today may again require of us the kind of sacrifice that Marsha Trep and so many millions of others were called upon to make. It does requires, our best effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds, to believe that together we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.”
“And after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are free.” The crowd erupts with cheers and chants of freedom.
A few minutes pass before Kelly can continue “The time for inaction is over, Earth, the Sol system, and the Williams System which have fallen to disease, battles and strife but are in no way lost. I have ordered my Commanders to make the retaking of these places and the defeat of the Ledan their highest priority. In this time of need I will not turn away possible allies because of a checkered past. Which is why I announce today of partnership between Cerberus and the Alliance. I know this will cause pause from the other races but Cerberus isn’t the organization they once were. I have received assurances that all hostile actions toward the Council races and the Alliance will stop. So I say to you all we will take our home worlds back we will find a cure for the Red Death and we will defeat the Ledan. We will push them back to their own system and farther if needed if War is their only goal. Our tasks at hand are large but we once defeated the Reapers by working together so let us again foster that grit. Bless you all, and bless the Alliance and Council. Thank you all.” With that Kelly steps back and waves a few times as the scene fades to black.