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Senate Proceeding on Jul 8th, 2008 :: 0:35:37 to 0:47:40
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James Webb

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

James Webb

0:35:25 to 0:35:37( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: a very characteristically purposive and eloquent reading of a great document, and thank him for carrying the torch of general son along with that other great virginian, senator john warner in our time

Joseph Lieberman

0:35:37 to 0:35:53( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: here in the united states senate. mr. president, while we await hopefully soon senator murkowski and senator martinez come, i thought i would read the final document that i was going to read at the

Joseph Lieberman

0:35:37 to 0:47:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

0:35:53 to 0:36:11( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: end here. before i do that, i thanked senator cornyn of texas, whose idea this was, hoping that this might form the basis of not only the united states senate celebrating the documents, but of course

Joseph Lieberman

0:36:11 to 0:36:24( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: more than that, the values, the principles, the destiny, american destiny captured in the glorious words of our founding generation, but that we might, in doing so, perhaps carry out our -- or begin

Joseph Lieberman

0:36:24 to 0:36:41( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: a national civics lesson in all that we havto be grateful for as americans, as each, as i said at the end of my last remarks, each succeeding generation of americans has not only taken on the responsibility

Joseph Lieberman

0:36:41 to 0:36:55( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to try to move the country closer to the aspirations that are expressed in these founding documents, but of course each succeeding generation has benefited from the promise of equality stated in these documents.

Joseph Lieberman

0:36:55 to 0:37:14( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: i thank senator cornyn. i want to know thank the people working for him, as always around here, senators have good ideas occasionally, but it's the staff that make sure we implement them. i want to particularly

Joseph Lieberman

0:37:14 to 0:37:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: thank nicole gusit have after tp-fson and michelle chin and clarence nardy of my staff who has worked on this on behalf of my office. i have always been struck by the extent to which the founding generation

Joseph Lieberman

0:37:28 to 0:37:46( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of americans was powerfully religious. in fact, they came to this country, most of them, to escape religious persecution. and so it's no surprise that the original documents, as you can hear, of our

Joseph Lieberman

0:37:46 to 0:38:03( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: country as we read this morning are full of references to god, the almighty, nature's god, a whole series of descriptions. that's why i said earlier that i -- i say and i say it with pride and gratitude

Joseph Lieberman

0:38:03 to 0:38:18( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that america really is a faith-based institution. but what a remarkable -- that's why it always seems to me that anyone who tries to separate america and religion is doing something unnatural. the remarkable

Joseph Lieberman

0:38:18 to 0:38:37( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: balance that the founders established was of a nation premised on faith in god, whose purpose was, as a government, to secure the rights that each of us have as an endowment from our creator. and

Joseph Lieberman

0:38:37 to 0:38:48( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: yet, to do that in a way that, as the declaration, as the constitution, as the magnificent letter from our first president george washington to the hebrew congregation of newport, rhode island, makes clear

Joseph Lieberman

0:38:48 to 0:39:06( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that everybody has the right to believe in whatever they want to believe in. it struck me reading the declaration when we say the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness comes as an endowment

Joseph Lieberman

0:39:06 to 0:39:27( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of our creator, that one of the rights that our founders recognized is the right not just to believe in the creator as one chooses, but in fact not to believe in our creator and to equally enjoy the

Joseph Lieberman

0:39:27 to 0:39:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: protections and rights that come to all americans. because it is perhaps -- it is perhaps because the declaration of independence is a faith-based document that it has had such universal application

Joseph Lieberman

0:39:44 to 0:39:58( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in effect across the world, inspiring generation and generation after general of people throughout the world, in every continent of the world to essentially pick up the torch, to accept the destiny,

Joseph Lieberman

0:39:58 to 0:40:10( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to revolt against tyranny and despotism, to fight in the same revolutionary spirit that comes through the declaration of independence that we read a few moments ago f the freedom of their own people. and, of

Joseph Lieberman

0:40:10 to 0:40:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: course, if you say, as our founders did and as we believe that the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that our, the premise of the declaration of independence were the endowment

Joseph Lieberman

0:40:25 to 0:40:42( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of our creator, surely our creator who created the heaven and the earth and all who live on it, did not intend for those rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to be the exclusive possession

Joseph Lieberman

0:40:42 to 0:41:04( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of americans. this is the most universal declaration of human rights. it still guides our foreign policy, because it is what we are all about: freedom and the extension of freedom. but i do want to say

Joseph Lieberman

0:41:04 to 0:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that it has inspired enormous numbers of people throughout the world to fight as our founding generation fought for freedom. the document that i want to read now, chosen by staff but a fascinating one,

Joseph Lieberman

0:41:18 to 0:41:32( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: i must say i've never seen it before, but it speaks to the profound faith of the founding generation, their knowledge of the bible. in fact, you know, there was a debate at the -- i suppose it was

Joseph Lieberman

0:41:32 to 0:41:49( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: at the constitutional congress about the symbol, the -- of the united states of america. before the symbol that we have now was chosen, like a few of the founders suggested that -- argued in fact that

Joseph Lieberman

0:41:49 to 0:42:05( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: it be a portrayal of the children of israel crossing the sea divided by god's will, because they felt that they were, as some of them said, establishing here a new jerusalem. the letter i want to read

Joseph Lieberman

0:42:05 to 0:42:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: was written by john quincy adams, one of the great members of the founding generation: principled, eloquent, a fighter for freedom. he delivered an address to the new york historical society, celebrating

Joseph Lieberman

0:42:25 to 0:42:43( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the 50th anniversary of george washington's inauguration. and in that address, he urges the people to embrace the fundamental principles that motivated the founding generation, of which he was a part,

Joseph Lieberman

0:42:43 to 0:43:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and to make them a part of daily living. but he premised it all on his own belief in the bible. so let me read it to you now. john quincy adams -- quote -- "when the children of israel, after 40

Joseph Lieberman

0:43:01 to 0:43:20( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: years of wanderings in the wilderness, were about to enter the promised land, their leader, moses, who was not permitted to cross the jordan with them, just before his removal from among them, commanded that

Joseph Lieberman

0:43:20 to 0:43:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: when the lord, their god, should have brought them into the land, they should put the curse upon mount ebol. and the blessing upon mount geresiam. and adams continued -- and i quote -- "the injunction

Joseph Lieberman

0:43:36 to 0:43:55( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: was faithfully fulfilled by his successor joshua. immediately after he had taken possession of the land, joshua built an altar to the lord of whole stones upon mount ebol. and there, he wrote upon the

Joseph Lieberman

0:43:55 to 0:44:10( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: stones a copy of the law of moses, which he had written in the presence of the children of israel. in all israel and their elders and officers and their judges stood on the two sides of the arc of the covenant

Joseph Lieberman

0:44:10 to 0:44:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: borne by the priests and levites, six tribes over against mount geresiam and six over against mount ebol, and he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that was

Joseph Lieberman

0:44:33 to 0:44:56( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: written in the book of the law. and now john quincy adams brings it home from the bible to america. when he says, "fellow citizens, the ark of your covenant is the declaration of independence. your

Joseph Lieberman

0:44:56 to 0:45:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: mount ebol is the confederacy of separate state sovereignties, and your mount geresiam is the constitution of the united states.| ger. he continues. in that scene off tremendous and awful selemnity,

Joseph Lieberman

0:45:15 to 0:45:29( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: this is not a curse pronounced again the people on mount ebol, which your posterity may not suffer or enjoy from your and their add and his to or -- adherence to or departure from the principles of the

Joseph Lieberman

0:45:29 to 0:45:48( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: declaration of independence practically interwoven in the constitution of the united states. so adams brings it right from the bible to america to the declaration and the constitution. and then he says

Joseph Lieberman

0:45:48 to 0:46:02( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in conclusion, "lay up these principles then in your hearts and in your souls." and i'm quoting from the bible, picking the metaphor up. he says biendz them for signs upon your hands that they be frontlets

Joseph Lieberman

0:46:02 to 0:46:22( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: on your eyes, speaking -- he is speaking of the constitution and the declaration of independence, when lying down and rising up, right them upon -- write them upon the door plates of your houses

Joseph Lieberman

0:46:22 to 0:46:35( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and upon your gates, cling to them as to the issues of life. adhere to them as to the cords of your eternal salvation. so may your children's children at the next return of this day of jubilee, 15 years after

Joseph Lieberman

0:46:35 to 0:46:50( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: washington's inaugural, after a century of experience under your national constitution, today we're now -- into our third century of experience. celebrate it again and the full enjoyment of all

Joseph Lieberman

0:46:50 to 0:47:06( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of the blessings recognized by you and the commemoration of you by this day and the promise of the children of jerusalem as the reward to the obedience of the word of god. end of quote. a remarkable

Joseph Lieberman

0:47:06 to 0:47:18( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: statement of the enduring basis of our great national documents that guide us to this very day. i'm very grateful to see our friend and colleague from alaska, senator murkowski here. i would yield

Joseph Lieberman

0:47:18 to 0:47:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: now to her for the abraham lincoln independence hall speech regarding slavery. the presiding officer: the senator from alaska. ms. murkowski: thank you, mr. president. i'm honored this morning to join with

Lisa Murkowski

0:47:40 to 0:47:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lisa Murkowski: my colleagues to this reading of the declaration of independence and to participate with some of the documents that underscored that great declaration. near the end of president-elect abraham lincoln's

Lisa Murkowski

0:47:40 to 0:53:41( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lisa Murkowski

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