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Senate Proceeding on Jul 8th, 2008 :: 0:26:17 to 0:32:28
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Sheldon Whitehouse

0:18:31 to 0:26:17( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sheldon Whitehouse

Sheldon Whitehouse

0:26:03 to 0:26:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: and make us all in our several vocations useful here. and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy. george washington. i yield the floor. mr. lieberman: mr. president? the presiding officer:

Joseph Lieberman

0:26:17 to 0:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the senator from connecticut. mr. lieberman: i thank my friend from rhodesland, senator whitehouse, for the magnificent exchange of correspondence between the hebrew congregation of newport, rhode

Joseph Lieberman

0:26:17 to 0:32:28( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

0:26:28 to 0:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: island, and george washington. may i say that senator whitehouse in his own bearing and substance lives out the promise of religious freedom that our first president gave to all americans. perhaps

Joseph Lieberman

0:26:43 to 0:26:58( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: i should say that as one of the descendants of the stock of abraham who is privileged to be a member of the united states senate today. i thank senator coburn. i'm going to take liberty, if i may, to

Joseph Lieberman

0:26:58 to 0:27:12( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: speak for a few moments, while we wait for senator murkowski, senator webb, and senator martinez, who will read documents before we conclude. i want to give a statement of appreciation to our colleague, senator

Joseph Lieberman

0:27:12 to 0:27:27( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: cornyn, of texas, whose idea this was. he came to me and said, why don't we try to establish a new senate tradition where every year either on july 8, which as senator coburn indicated was the furs

Joseph Lieberman

0:27:27 to 0:27:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: public reading of the declaration, or on the day closest to july 4th, when the senate is in session, we read the declaration this magnificent statement of america's principles, purpose, destiny,

Joseph Lieberman

0:27:47 to 0:28:03( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and other patriotic documents of the moment to remind us what we are about as a nation in some sense to refresh our sense of national purpose and -- and to build on the celebration that's are part of

Joseph Lieberman

0:28:03 to 0:28:18( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: july 4th, we love the fireworks and love the time to be with your family.| we're at war and the expressions of gratitude toward those who have put on the uniform of the united states of america to defend

Joseph Lieberman

0:28:18 to 0:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: our freedom, our security. but this all goes back to the beginning, to the extraordinary founding of this country by an extraordinary group of human beings. the truth is that we don't celebrate enough

Joseph Lieberman

0:28:36 to 0:28:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that america, unique among nations, did not -- was not defined from the beginning by its borders, by its geography, if you will, but by its ideology, by its values as the founding generation of americans

Joseph Lieberman

0:28:54 to 0:29:09( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: expressed magnificently in the first official documents. those words of the declaration about the self-evident truths that all of us are created equal and endowed not by jefferson, the great american

Joseph Lieberman

0:29:09 to 0:29:22( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: who wrote the declaration, not by the philosophers of the enlightenment, but by our creator with these unalienable rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. this paragraph -- and then it says,

Joseph Lieberman

0:29:22 to 0:29:39( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: "in order to secure those rights, the government's formed." in other words, to secure the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, america was formed. that statement of, i always like

Joseph Lieberman

0:29:39 to 0:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to say america is a faith-based initiative, founded on those endowments from our creator, but building this magnificent architecture of freedom stated in the poetry of the generation of americans, it

Joseph Lieberman

0:29:55 to 0:30:16( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: probably has more effect -- let me say has definitely had more effect on more people and more political activity in the 200-plus years since 1776 than any other single document. and of course, there's

Joseph Lieberman

0:30:16 to 0:30:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: other documents stating other ism's have come along -- naziism, communism, islamism now -- the declaration of independence, americanism has prevailed. i'm going to say one final word before i yield to

Joseph Lieberman

0:30:28 to 0:30:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: senator webb. the other thing that struck me as i read the declaration is the anger and the passion that we sometimes forget that our founding fathers had toward great britain and the king for all the tyrannical

Joseph Lieberman

0:30:45 to 0:31:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: usurpations of their freedom that were the cae for their declaration of independence. finally, the document is a magnificently aseparational document. it states noble -- aspirational goals. let us be honest

Joseph Lieberman

0:31:01 to 0:31:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: on this floor that particularly at the moment, 1776, when the declaration of independence was signed and issued, america was nowhere near realizing the glorious values stated of equality, of life -- and

Joseph Lieberman

0:31:15 to 0:31:31( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. people of color had no rights, weren't even counted equal with white people. women had effectively no rights. i was forced by the validity of

Joseph Lieberman

0:31:31 to 0:31:48( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the document to read a terribly bigoted and offensive reference to native americans. but that's the story of america. the declaration gave us our puose, gave us our destiny and put it on the journey

Joseph Lieberman

0:31:48 to 0:32:04( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and generations of americans have come closer to realizing the a aspirations stated in that document. the work goes on over time. i appreciate very much senator webb has come to the floor, and i'm

Joseph Lieberman

0:32:04 to 0:32:14( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: very pleased to yield to him now for a reading of thomas jefferson's last letter. mr. webb: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from virginia. web web it is my pleasure to participate

Joseph Lieberman

0:32:14 to 0:32:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in -- mr. webb: it is my pleasure to participate in this remembrance today. for more than 200 years the american experiment in self-government has been a witness to all nations about the power of the people.

James Webb

0:32:28 to 0:32:46( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: the declaration of independence establishes a fundamental principle that a government exists not because some humans have a hereditary right to dominate others, but because the people themselves have

James Webb

0:32:28 to 0:35:37( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Webb

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