“We hold these truths to be self-evident . . .”
In 1989, a series of revolutions swept through central Eastern Europe, as the peoples of Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Romania threw off the communist regimes that had held their countries in an oppressive iron grip for more than forty years.
Delivering his State of the Union Address in 1990, President Bush remarked on the stunning advances in freedom that had captured the world’s attention over the previous year. Here, he recalled an incident that took place in the midst of the revolution in Czechoslovakia. At a workers’ rally outside Prague, a brewery worker took to the platform and began to recite the words of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident . . .” Speaking to a crowd of more than one thousand workers he said, “Americans understood these rights more than 200 years ago. We are only now learning to believe that we are entitled to the same rights.”
Now… for the rest of the story.
This was posted by an Iowan; a constituent of Senator Charles Grassley. The post below relays the current state of the union in these present days:
A letter to my traitor
Submitted by Sarah Stokes on Wed, 11/30/2011 – 16:00
I posted this in a thread already but thought I’d make a separate topic for it. I hope that’s okay.
Today I cried for myself, my family and my country. What you have done to us in the name of protecting us is worse than what any terrorist could do to us. You have taken from us a right that was not yours to take.
It is an unalienable right that YOU did not grant us! How dare you infringe on our rights in this way. How will you sleep at night?
Perhaps my writing of this letter expressing my extreme dissatisfaction with my government will, today or someday in the future, be enough to put me on the terrorist list.
History will not be kind to those men who opened the door and ushered in a police state the likes of which, until now, had only been seen in places such as Nazi Germany and North Korea.
The only solace I can find is in the knowledge that those who so flagrantly and carelessly abandoned our constitution will one day see the error of their ways.
Although I know it won’t come at the reading of my letter, but rather when they themselves point to the constitution in defense of their own rights to find it ruined and incapable of protecting them. Then they will see the grave mistake they’ve made!
You say you’ve done this for my protection but the only protection I need or want is that which the constitution grants me. I did not ask for you to provide me anything else. You have violated me today in the worst sense of the word.
I will never again vote for you and I look forward to the day when our government is transformed from policy makers like you who believe they stand over us, to policy makers who understand that they only represent us and will stand with us.