Civil Rights Reformers in the Middle East

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1. Why should Americans help civil rights reformers of the Middle East? It was not so long ago that America was plagued with restrictions on the freedom of women and minorities. So how is it that we’ve come to regard freedom so vaguely and share so little compassion for those that are not given the same chance as you and I are to live freely? In today’s society, many people have forgotten what it means to be free and how we got our freedom. It wasn’t easy and we were not alone in the effort. We did not stand alone so why is it that we think that the Middle Eastern countries can stand alone and achieve what America has with its civil rights? The answer is simple. We have forgotten the words of our fore fathers and the history of our country and all of the sacrifices that America had to endure before our time. Here are the words that Thomas Jefferson spoke that should be remembered… “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, which among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….” We should think these rights to apply to more than just ourselves. Any country with citizens crying out for help should be able to be within reach of these unalienable rights. There was a time not long ago where in America women and minorities could not vote and were denied many rights. We should be able to relate to the Middle Eastern
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