Whether or not you are a Democrat, Independant, Libertarian, Republican or any other designation you choose to associate with your political ideology, I think we as a nation would all do well to consider this as a personal manifesto:
"I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.
I seek opportunity—not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen,
humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk;
to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence;
the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid;
to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations,
and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.
All this is what it means to be an American."
-- Dean Alfange