We Strive for a Brilliant China

2011年05月14日

A Republic, if you can keep it

Filed under: 新闻与政治 — L. @ 21:51

源自Benjamin Franklin,在最近看的一部电影《Fair Game》中提到的。据说由真人真事改编,讲述一对夫妇因揭露布什政府使用不实情报决定向伊拉克开战而受到迫害的故事。真相如何,可能仍有争论,但很喜欢作为丈夫的男主角在影片最后的演讲:

When Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall just after the second drafting [of the Declaration of Independence], he was approached by a woman on the street, who said: “Mr Franklin – what manner of government have you bequeathed us?”

And Franklin said: “A Republic ma’am…. If you can keep it.”

The responsibility of a country is not in the hands of a privileged few. We are strong and we are free from tyranny, only as long as each one of us remembers his or her duty as a citizen.

Whether it’s to report a pothole at the top of your street, or lies in the State of the Union address, speak out, ask those questions. Demand that truth.

Democracy is not a free ride, man. I’m here to tell you. But, this is where we live. And if we do our job, this is where our children will live.

一位同样看完此片的影评人说:

And may you think of your own country when you read that.

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