--Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
--Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Convention
Whoever degrades another degrades me,
and whatever is done or said returns at last to me…
I speak the pass-word primeval--I give the sign of democracy;
By God! I will accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on the same terms…
I believe the only way to protect my own rights is to protect the rights of others.
--Dwight D. Eisenhower
It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.
O, let America be America again--
The land that never has been yet--
And yet must be--the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine--the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME
A republic, if you can keep it.
--Benjamin Franklin, when asked just what kind of government had come out of that Constitutional Convention.
Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.
Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.
...government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.