Liberty: Give to every man the fruit of his own labor – the labor of his hands and of his brain.
Fraternity: Every man in the right is my brother.
Equality: The rights of all are equal.
Justice, poised and balanced in eternal calm, will shake from the golden scales in which are weighed the acts of men, the very dust of prejudice and caste. No race, no color, no previous condition, can change the rights of men.
Liberty and labor have given us all. I want every person to believe in the dignity of labor – to know that the respectable man is the useful man – the man who produces or helps others to produce something of value, whether thought of the brain or work of the hand. I want every person to have within them an eternal hatred of injustice, of aristocracy, of caste, of the idea that one man has more rights than another because he has better clothes, more land, more money, because he owns a railroad, or is famous and in high position.
Remember that all men have equal rights. Remember that the man who acts best his part – who loves his friends the best – is most willing to help others – truest to the discharge of obligation – who has the best heart – the most feeling – the deepest sympathies – and who freely gives to others the rights that he claims for himself is the best man. I am willing to swear to this.
What has made this country? I say again, liberty and labor. What would we be without labor? I want every farmer when plowing the rustling corn of June – while mowing in the perfumed fields – to feel that he is adding to the wealth and glory of the United States. I want every mechanic – every man of toil, to know and feel that he is keeping the cars running, the telegraph wires in the air; that he is making the statues and painting the pictures; that he is writing and printing the books; that he is helping to fill the world with honor, with happiness, with love and law.
Our country is founded upon the dignity of labor – upon the equality of man. Ours is the first real Republic in the history of the world. Beneath our flag the people are free. We have retired the gods from politics. We have found that man is the only source of political power, and that the governed should govern. We have disfranchised the aristocrats of the air and have given one country to mankind.