Thursday, December 4, 2008

Much More than a "Quote of the Day"

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

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