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The same revolutionary beliefs
For which our forefathers fought
Cannot be taken by thieves
Cannot be changed or bought

Man’s rights are God given
For the pursuit of happiness
They cannot be taken
Like skin, they’re a part of us

For I have sworn before you and                                  Almighty God, the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago. The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe — the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961

I heard Mitt Romney mention this Inaugural Address- and I wondered what he’d said.  These are amazing words!   

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