In Defense of the American Rights Tradition

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers the 190th Landon Lecture in the McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas on September 6, 2019. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain]

In Defense of the American Rights Tradition

On September 6, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivered the 190th Landon Lecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. In his remarks, Secretary Pompeo discussed how "our tradition and respect for unalienable rights hasn’t just shaped us as a nation; it’s shaped how we think about America’s place in the world as well, and it sets our foreign policy." 

Secretary Pompeo said, "Unalienable rights are at the core of who we are as Americans. We abhor violations of these rights, whenever and wherever they are encountered.

"That’s why I always speak out on behalf of the people of Iran, of Venezuela, of China, and people of all other nationalities who do not have the benefit that we have. They deserve their God-given freedoms just as much as we do."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here or watch them on the State Department's YouTube Channel.