"Many of us felt we were seeing a Founding Father in action, living the highest ideals of the Constitution. I'm sure my brother would have called him a profile in courage." Ted Kennedy speaking of Peter Rodino in Joy Rodino's book Fifty-Two Words My Husband Taught Me. Love, Inspiration and the Constitution.
Preamble to the US Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Preamble to the Declaration of Independence
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. 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 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.
and may the Schwartz be with you
Eric J Schwartz - Int'l Copyright Law
Eric's private legal practice bio at the law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp is HERE. Founded in 1908 Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp has 125 attorneys and offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
His International Intellectual Property Alliance® bio is HERE. The IIPA®) is a private sector coalition of seven U.S. trade associations that represent over 1,900 producers and distributors of copyrighted materials throughout the world. Eric focuses on copyright matters in Russia, Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States for The IIPA®.