We who will oppose tyranny in all its guises this year don’t yet have our own Thomas Paine, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, or Martin Luther King, Jr. – but we do have their words. Keep them close. Make them your own. Speak them often. Share with friends and family. Remix at will. And please add to this roster if you feel the urge! The struggle continues.
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
– Thomas Paine, Common Sense, January 1776
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…
– The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and securing the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…
– Preamble to the Constitution, 1787
There must be continual additions to our great experiment of how much liberty society will bear.
– Walt Whitman, 1846
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal…
– Elizabeth Cady Stanton et al, The Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls, 1848
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
– Abraham Lincoln, August 1, 1858?
[T]hat this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that
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