” I do not choose to be a common man (or woman). It is my right to be uncommon. I seek to develop whatever talents God gave me—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 or security nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master or controller nor bend to any threat; domestic or foreign. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say –
‘This, with God’s help, I have done.’ All this is what it means to be a free American.”
Adapted from Dean A, Colorado Springs, CO