Millercenter.org’s summary of speech:
“Thanking the nation for his second opportunity to serve, Monroe discusses the importance of American neutrality throughout the wars between the European powers. He further emphasizes the important steps in commerce and trade that have been made with foreign powers before briefly discussing a variety of domestic topics.”
Thoughts on Transcript:
Monroe’s second address shares many common threads with his first: 1) a call for stronger defensive fortifications, 2) discussion on the civilization of the Native Americans, 3) a spirit of neutrality, and 4) the growth of the US. As others have done, he also celebrates the US form of government, but at this time, it is starting to be a regular occurrence and, as I see more of these speeches, it seems to be a standard piece much like “God Bless the USA” is a standard within modern speeches.