'In Tribute to Human Freedom'

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers a speech on “In Tribute to Human Freedom” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, in Houston, Texas on November 15, 2019. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain]

'In Tribute to Human Freedom'

On November 15, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivered a speech on "In Tribute to Human Freedom" at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, in Houston, Texas. In his remarks, Secretary Pompeo said:

"...The longing for freedom accrues and is common to all of humanity.  No person desires subjugation at the hands of another. We are all indeed formed in God’s image.

"And we’ve all been endowed by Him with the right to live freely, with the unalienable rights that our Founders knew so well: the right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

"I think people know these universal truths exist, deep down, deep down in their souls. I think it’s by the very nature of our humanity. I felt it when I served in West Germany and looked across the barriers to East Germany.

"Even in the darkest days of the Cold War, there were periodic eruptions – we would see them. Those eruptions were always in the support of liberty, in Hungary, in Czechoslovakia, in Poland, and in many places where individual acts of bravery, frankly, never received any public attention.

"I fast-forward to my time now as Secretary; we see the same fight for freedom today. We see it in the people in the Islamic Republic of Iran, we see it in people in Venezuela, and we see it in the people of Hong Kong. And we should never devalue their deep desire for their personal freedom and for their personal liberty.

"It’s a noble goal.

"And it’s no coincidence that the most successful societies in the world are indeed free societies, because they’re the only place – and I think we all know this – they’re the only place that men and women can reach their true potential."

Read or watch the Secretary's full remarks here.