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I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon.
If I can seek opportunity, not security,
I want to take the calculated risk to dream and build,
to fail and to succeed.
I refused to barter incentive for dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to guaranteed security,
the thrill of fulfillment to the state of calm utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence,
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master, save my God.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid.
To think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations;
to face the whole world boldly and say,
"I am a free American."
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