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A Common Purpose

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 5:35 pm

What ties many of us to the Iranian power struggle is a sense of common purpose. A purpose that is in the heart of the young men and women of Iran, as it has been at the heart of many national movements over the last 233 years. Jefferson, Franklin and Adams said it about as succinctly as one could want. Doesn’t matter if you are black, white, Asian, Christian, Jew, Muslim or none of the above. All you have to be is human.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

In Congress,
July 4, 1776

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