posted on May, 2 2006 @ 04:59 PM
i think that actually listening to it is easier but if you want a transcript:
“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.”
This is a passage from the Declaration of Independence. I bring such a passage up, because we, as a people, seem to have forgotten our roots. Too long
have we been sitting here saying “There is nothing I can do”. Too long have we waited around for change, waiting on false promises of a government
which is governed by money rather then the people. There is no doubt in my mind, that our government has become destructive. They have destroyed the
voice of the people, they have destroyed the basic principles of freedom, but most of all they have destroyed our foundations.
Our foundations, based off of the prosecution of our founding father, were to create a governed society where all people had the equal right to pursue
happiness. Our foundations, corrupted by money, have been twisted and altered to make the people believe that we are free. That we are still free to
make our own choices. This is a lie that has been told to us over the recent years. There is no choice, in a father having to decide whether he works
seven days a week or lose his job. Such false ideas of choice have been created by corporations, which only function is to make money at the cost of
the people who it employs. We are the people who it employs, and we are forced to live by their decisions. Our government, our food, our homes, our
clothes, our cars are all owned by these corporations. Such corporations have no morals, and our interests are not in their minds.
Our idea of freedom has been obscured by a slow changing mindset. A mindset created by the same corporations who control the media. We have become
accustom to the idea that money and freedom are one in the same. This idea was created by the people who wish to keep their multi-billion dollar
industries running. This is not a land of equality, because to be equal means to have the same chances at life. The society we have let them create
for us, does not hold such chances. Capitalism has lead to a dramatic change in the lifestyles in which we are living. It has also evolved into
Globalization. Our founding system was based on the idea that many shall benefit at the price of a few who choose to sacrifice. This new system, like
many others, is made to benefit a few at the price of many who are forced to sacrifice. They are forced to sacrifice their time away from their
families. They are forced to sacrifice their energy for work. They are forced to sacrifice their freedom for labor. The only difference from this
system and the many others, is that it hides behind the previous system that governed us so well. The freedom in which we lived.
So I ask you now, What are you willing to do? The system we are suppose to be fighting for, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, around the world, has been slowly
taken from us and replaced with a system which does not have your in its interests. What are you willing to do? I’ve seen many people ask themselves
such questions, but they never answer it. They sit, they complain, they fight and argue, yet they cannot answer the simple question of “what are you
willing to do?” We complain about oil profits, we complain about illegal immigrants, we complain about our educational system, but what are we
willing to do? Further more, how are you going to show this? We can fight all we want, but without actions behind such words, the freedom of speech
means nothing. Its stands for nothing if you are willing to speak your mind, but not act on its behalf. What has our society come to if we are not
even willing to secure our own freedom?
We are becoming the worlds Shakespearian Hero. How so you ask? We hold great importance to the world, we are in a very powerful position. We were once
a great society but our flaws are leading us to our own demise. Now it is our choice, whether we wish to fulfill the role of the Shakespearian Hero,
or change ourselves. Now is the time, to decide if we want such flaws to lead to the death of our nation. Now is the time, we must act or forever seal
our fate. The decision to do nothing, is without a doubt, the worst decision we could possibly make. It is on us now, to lead our nation, rather then
let it be overrun with corruption and greed.
Before I end this speech, please understand that I do not hate the CEOs or the individual people of such corporations. It is the businesses which have
lead to the erosion of our basic principles of living which I despise. Such a system can only ultimately lead to our downfall. We must stand together
in peace, as one nation, Regardless of race, religion, or political views. There is one thing we can all unite under, and that is the right to live.
This right, beyond all else, is a reason to unite and put aside our previous vendettas.