We held these truths to be self-evident, that all men were created equal, that they were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these were Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
But today, standing together we have lost a friend. No, we have lost a brother, a husband, a confidant, a dear companion. We stand together now with an empty spot in our hearts that will follow us for the length of our days. A spot that will always, if only symbolically, belong to our dearest Liberty. Here for a hairs breath it seems and then, gone.
It is a difficult and painful thing to watch the incrementally slow death of a friend. It is a difficult and painful thing to see his life drained out little by little before your eyes. It is an unbearable thing to watch that life drained out in another’s hands.
Liberty left us quietly this morning. Liberty left us when a man, an ordinary man suppressed his last breath. Liberty gave very little fight as that man, Michael Bloomberg, pushed him on to some distant shore.
Understand I come here to bury Liberty, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them. Liberty was my friend and treated me well. But Michael Bloomberg says that he was corrupting me and Bloomberg is an honorable man. Elected as he was by the judgment of honorable men. Now he finds that living among us, in the spirit that offered Bloomberg his place, was a villain. A villain whose heart, by which all of us have lived in the apparent faulty dependence of our own faculties, must now be cut away a piece at a time until it's beat is but a memory.
How deep is the pain of discovering that the judgment that brought us all together in this place, the judgment with which we choose our leaders, the judgment with which we have carried society on to its next great steps, is in fact our enemy. An enemy that has laid dark among us, eating at our tables; No, filling our tables and our houses, filling our hearts and our minds, is but the devil himself.
How deep a sense of betrayal knowing that he that gave us everything, he that brought us all our prosperity, is in fact our betrayer? And what was the sin of our dearest brother Liberty. What curator of life’s artifacts has pulled the cloth away to reveal the devil within him? Trans Fatty Acids. The name alone sends a shiver down my spine.
If Liberty that has given us a prosperous society, if Liberty that has built our houses and paved our streets, if liberty that has fed not only us but the world, if Liberty that feeds that world does so with a large pepperoni pizza and a bucket of extra crispy, then I say 'Gentlemen bear up that pall and carry our dear friend Liberty to his final rest. Fried foods are too high a price to pay, for a tiny thing like Freedom.