#iranelection

Kevin 23/06/2009

So I’ve finally found a cause that makes me realize how blessed I am to live where I live. And one that makes me throw off my mask of cynicism and self interest and find something I can actually look at and think, I need to make a difference, even if it is just by changing my twitter pic to green and my location to Iran.
Here we have a real world crisis- one that, even though it is not in our own circle of friends and normal interactions, we must, we absolutely have to pay attention to this tragic time. In Iran, people are protesting, peacefully (mostly, I will not deny the few reports I have heard of violence), and in the style of one of the United States’ most revered men, Dr. Martin Luther King, who preached nonviolence and . For them, and us, this is a time of the civil rights again- a time for every person to stand and demand that their fellow human beings votes, and rights, and simple human dignities be upheld. This election fraud in Iran should not, cannot, and will not be allowed to stand.
It is the duty of an American citizen to stand with their Iranian brethren, and not let this horrible injustice, this tyrannical usurpation of power, which is one and the same as what we fought against in our own Revolutionary War, continue. It is best stated in that masterpiece, the Declaration of Independance “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
I am not advocating such a drastic change in Iran, though maybe I should be. All in all, I am but one teenager in Texas. But this cause, where none other has moved me, has inspired me to write this, to change my twitter pic and location, and, most of all, to think about where I am in the world.

We cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand.

“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”. I cannot, and will not, contradict that.

-Kathryn Dunn

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