Barack Obama, Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, et al: Viva la Vida

Friday, 04 July 2008

As I reflect on the meaning of Independence Day, I cannot help but to see the stark contrast between the freedoms which we as Americans have come to take for granted and the situation in Romania, where the Romanian people struggle to live day by day under the capricious and self-serving will of oligarchs and authoritarians and a corrupt and impetuous government.

Never you mind that the 2008 NATO Summit was held in Bucharest.

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We the people of the United States, in order to form a

more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic

tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote

the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty

to ourselves and our posterity…

United States Constitution

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The purpose of human government is to enable the people to obtain, individually, for themselves every good and moral opportunity to pursue and enjoy the common good.

Regardless of geographical differences, the purpose is everywhere the same. This, the human spirit has taught us in its longings, triumphs, and struggles through human history. And this wisdom is made more compelling by our own tears, hopes and prayers.

George Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. understood themselves as instruments of human destiny. They saw that the implications of their efforts, sacrifices and triumphs were not limited to their time; they understood that the things for which they struggled for must also belong in a wider sense to humanity and the future.

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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.

The United States Declaration of Independence

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Justice, freedom, family, friendship, virtue, hope, safety, commerce and prosperity – all belong to our happiness. These necessities represent a common good to which we all agree and desire. These are the interests for which government must tirelessly labor- not the special interests, ambitions and profit of corporate lobbyists, secret societies, oligarchs and would be dictators.

Perhaps, this is why Senator Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign message of hope and change has won so many hearts in America and elsewhere in the world. Black, white, yellow, red, brown and, maybe, even green. His is a voice that renews our trust in ourselves, our greatness, and our destiny.

Senator Obama’s voice is a voice that reminds us of our unalienable expectations about progress, human society and government – namely, the struggle and pursuit of a more perfect union regardless of our own individual and collective imperfections.

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Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us

stand with a greater determination. And let us move on

in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make

America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to

make America a better nation.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In the coming presidential election, Americans will be reaching out to reclaim a seemingly lost greatness as a people and a nation. Before that fateful November day, we must reflect on the approaching – and our defining – moment… to do something amazing, to allow miracles to happen and to be a light unto the world.

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The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail—if we stand

firm, we shall not fail. Wise councils may accelerate or

mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later the victory is sure

to come.

Abraham Lincoln

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Therefore, we must renew our pursuit of those more perfect aspirations… for justice, freedom and prosperity as the Senator Obama encourages.

We must do so because our greater aspirations are shared in the hearts of our fellow Americans. We must do so because our greater aspirations are also shared in the hearts and unanswered prayers of peoples everywhere and across time.

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Every step, by which [the people of the United States]

have advanced to the character of an independent

nation, seems to have been distinguished by some

token of providential agency.

George Washington, First Inaugural Address. April 30, 1789.

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If we can understand this as did George Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., let us pursue this more perfect union, the Dream, this revelation and this destiny with unrivaled enthusiasm, courage and determination.

Let us become an example- a greatness, a Truth, an abundant good amd an uncommonly beautiful milestone to even greater greatness.

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Below, Viva la Vida from Cold Play’s new album.
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Stan Faryna
July 4, 2008
Bucharest, Romania

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About Stan Faryna

Mr. Faryna is the founder and co-founder of several technology, design and communication companies in the United States and Europe including Faryna & Associates, Inc., Halo Interactive, and others.

Stan Faryna is also a Global Voices author and translator. Global Voices is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society.

His political, scholarly, social and technical opinions have appeared in The Chicago Defender, Jurnalul National, The Washington Times, Sagar, Saptamana Financiara, Social Justice Review, and other publications.

Mr. Faryna also served as editor-in-chief of Black and Right (Praeger Press, 1996), a landmark collection of socio-political essays by important American thinkers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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2 Responses to Barack Obama, Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, et al: Viva la Vida

  1. luminitagavrila says:

    U write passionately. I hope I feel one day the same about Romania. Cold Play’s Viva La Vida, it’s a really clever and powerful metaphor for your reflections on America.

  2. lauramariaboca says:

    Tare!

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