Sunday, October 02, 2005
Statement to Civil Right Conference Attendees
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
I am very sorry that an unexpected death in the family renders it impossible for me to attend this important conference today as planned.
America is the home of the Declaration of Independence, which delivered to the world the twin revolutionary visions of equal endowment with the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and government by the consent of the governed. America is composed of its entire people regardless of their places of origin. Each American, regardless of place of origin and regardless of background or economic status, is a 100% equal part owner of the legacy of the Declaration's revolutionary proclamation.
The vision of the Declaration has never been completely fulfilled. Continual striving for realization of the vision is an obligation of every generation of Americans. All inhabitants of this place and all who come to these shores, and their descendants, are to be embraced and welcomed to share in the striving.
Times occur in American history when forces of regression that do not believe in the vision of the Declaration of Independence seek power in order to bury its promises. We live in such a time. I implore each of you to devote all your available energies to challenging and confronting those forces of regression and to restoring for the benefit of all the people of both America and the world the pursuit of that vision and those promises.
Thank you for everything that you do.
David Van Os
posted by snarko! at 11:26 AM
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