Humanity has survived in various states of tyranny for thousands of years. One might even say this is the natural state ofaffairs for man. Future historians may look back and see the period 1776 to 1976 as a brief 200 year accident in the history of man in which real freedom existed for all…
I was saddened when the United States refused to help at the time of the Hungarian revolution – when Freedom Fighters with bare hands and stones resisted bullets, tanks, and artillery. I confess I was ashamed at the response of my country. Freedom did not die that day (October 23, 1956) for Hungary alone. Hope died for many in other captive nations and has only recently been somewhat revived by courageous men willing to speak out against oppression.
The recent orgy of brutality in Hungary has moved free people everywhere to reactions of horror and revulsion. Our hearts are filled with sorrow. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the courageous, liberty loving people of Hungary.
The Hungarian Massacre repudiates and negates almost every article in the Declaration of Human Rights.It denies that men are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and that all should act in the spirit of brotherhood.
It denies the human right to life, liberty, and security of person.It denies the principles that no one shall be subjected to torture, or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.
It denies that all are equal before the law and entitled to its equal protection.
It denies the right to fair and public hearings by an independent and impartial tribunal.
It denies the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
It denies the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
It denies the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.
It denies that no one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
It denies that the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.
It denies the right to leave one’s country or to seek in other countries asylum from persecution.
That these human rights have been so flagrantly repudiated is cause for mourning, national and worldwide.
…Once again the tree of liberty has been watered by the blood of martyrs. The courage and sacrifices of the brave Hungarian people have written anew in crimson the sentiment attributed to Patrick Henry nearly two centuries ago (“Give me liberty or give me death.”)
On this Human Rights Day, it is for each one of us to recognize anew that we are brothers in our Father’s house, and each is truly his brother’s keeper. We cannot shed that responsibility, nor do we want to. Let us resolve on this day that the world shall never forget what tyranny has done in Hungary.
Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” (The Law, 1850, p. 6.)