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Rumi - Quotes
 
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi

  
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

 
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi

 
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
― Rumi

 
“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Rumi

 
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

 
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi

 
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi

 
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi

 
“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
― Rumi

 
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi

 
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi

 
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi
 
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

 
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live. Destroy your
reputation. Be notorious.”
― Rumi

 
“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Rumi

 
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi
 
    

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Freedom First
 
To build a new Iran, after Khamnei’s Dictatorship we must understand the importance and meaning of Freedom

By Freydoon Khoie

To begin with, we have never been ‘free’ for seven thousand years. What the American revolutionaries called ‘inalienable rights’ have been an alien concept to us and have never been part of our culture for thousands of years. Not until hundred years ago, in 1906, did we know that governments should be elected by the people and must be accountable to the people.

Our country has been ruled by corrupt and savage kings and war-lords for seven thousand years and they have always treated our country as their own private farm and our people as the animals in the farm. Of course, occasionally there have been some benevolent kings like Kourosh the Great, or King Reza Pahlavi, but even these were absolute dictators and were not smart enough to build social, political institutions so that our progress could not be undermined once they were gone.

For seven thousand years, the tyrants used our sons to build armies to oppress us, they used our fathers as farmers and servants and they used our daughters as sex slaves, and whenever there was a brave man who stood up against them, the savage kings by killing him publicly and most savagely made an example of him so that no one else would dare to challenge the status quo. And of course this has been the way of life in all the countries on our planet earth for millenniums and the pages of history is filled with stories of heroes and villans.

In 1215 Magna Charta, perhaps the oldest document attempting to limit the powers of the kings and make them accountable for their subjects and then the American constitution, followed by the French revolutionaries established the first truly constitutional democracies that addressed and promoted the above mentioned inalienable rights.

The inalienable rights that American revolutionaries so brilliantly described means that we, as a people are endowed with certain natural and God given rights that they are ‘inalienable’ meaning that it cannot be taken away from us by government wishes, or cannot bought, sold, or transferred from one individual to another. The personal rights to life and liberty guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States are inalienable. Just as various types of property are inalienable, such as rivers, streams, and highways. Inalienable adjective incapable of being conveyed, incapable of being sold, incapable of being transferred, nontransferable, not able to be conveyed, secured by law, unable to be bought, unable to be disposed of, un-forfeitable, untouchable. In short, it means that our God given natural rights are not negotiable and are not there for the government to take it in order to turn around and pretend that it is benevolently give back to the citizens. If they do so, which Khamnei in Iran pretends to do, is like one who has violently stolen our car or bicycle and then when under pressure pretends to be gracious and benevolent for returning it.

Now why Thomas Jefferson was so adamant on the importance of this particular right? To understand the reason, we have to go back to the philosophies inherent to the AGE OF REASON. These ideas did not take form originally in the American colonies. The most brilliant thinkers who were active during the formulation of the US Constitution were inspired by the values of these philosophies.

The first and second article of the Virginia Declaration of Rights adopted unanimously by the Virginia Convention of Delegates on June 12, 1776 and written by George Mason, is:

"That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety."

Thomas Jefferson and Frankline believed that ‘inalienable rights’ applied to those things, the property of which cannot be lawfully transferred from one person to another. Like Public highways and rivers are of this kind; there are also many rights which are inalienable, as the rights of liberty, freedom of speech, freedom press, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion.


I believe that the most important inalienable right is freedom of speech and the freedom of the press to publish news and opinions whether they are in agreement or disagreement with the current government's viewpoint. The ability to discuss openly our ideas regarding government or the policies that the administration passes certainly lends credence to the idea of government for the people by the people. Only an informed electorate can be self-governing, and without a free press, the only information that the population knows is what they are spoon-fed by the government. And if our basic liberties are limited or taken away by the government then we are finished as we have been under the tyrannical regime of the Ayatollahs in the last 34 years.

I think that Jefferson's major argument, and most compelling, would be his second section of the Declaration which talks about "Grievances against the King or the government." In this section, he lists in a very methodical and thorough manner the multiple violations of the Colonists' Economic and Political rights. In progressing through this section, it becomes painfully evident that the relationship between England and the Colonists has become so fraught with violations of trust and autonomy, that declaring independence is the only way to redress such committed wrongs. Jefferson's strength was that he presented the case for Independence in the document in a logical and almost philosophical proof- like format. In doing this, he made nearly every colonist who read it understand that Declaring and Gaining Independence were not actions of irrationality, but rather logical extensions of a state of affairs that become untenable for the Colonists.

He said beautifully that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I believe that the key idea from the American’s Declaration is that our rights are "endowed by [our] Creator." They are not given to us by our government; Khomaini, Khamnei or the Shah, the tendency of government is to take these rights away, and the American founding fathers were only too aware of this tendency.

So, if these rights are coming from God and nature, then our only hope of maintaining them is "constant vigilance. Here are some of hundreds of quotes that express the importance of working to maintain these rights:

"Voting is no substitute for the eternal vigilance that every friend of freedom must demonstrate towards government. If our freedom is to survive, Americans must become far better informed of the dangers from Washington -- regardless of who wins the Presidency."
-- James Bovard in Voting is Over-rated


By contrast, as we note, Khamnei and his partners are now insisting that the ballot box is the only answer to all our grievances and that we must seek our demands through elections, but what is missing in his statement is that elections are only a small part of what we call democracy. If the constitution is written wrongly and has given all the powers to one unelected Mullah and stated that he has the divine power to reign and then has been given the power to decide who will run for presidency and for Parliament or any other political office, then elections are totally meaningless and actually a fraud.

"If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us." -- Thomas Sowell.”

"A people may prefer a free government, but if, from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when it is directly attacked; if they can be deluded by the artifices used to cheat them out of it; if by momentary discouragement, or temporary panic, or a fit of enthusiasm for an individual, they can be induced to lay their liberties at the feet even of a great man, or trust him with powers which enable him to subvert their institutions; in all these cases they are more or less unfit for liberty: and though it may be for their good to have had it even for a short time, they are unlikely long to enjoy it."
-- John Stuart Mill, Representative Government, 1861.”

So what do I mean by ‘Freedom First?’

As long as we have no freedom to speak freely, to write freely, to assemble with others and discuss any issue of our choice freely, as long as we are not free to choose our own religion and the place of residence, the type of school for our children, our own way of life and our own dress code, and our own choice of government, we have nothing. We are no different than the walking dead. If we have no freedom of speech or freedom of press then we cannot announce the news about the thief who is stealing our bread. If we have no freedom of speech and freedom of press then how can we complain about a bad government? If we have no freedom of assembly, then how can we form our political party to elect our choice of leaders to govern our affairs and our country?

Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble publicly and privately, freedom to complain to the Government, Freedom to keep and bear Arms, freedom to a speedy and public trial, freedom to bail out when we are arrested, freedom to an impartial jury, freedom to be informed of what crime we are accused of, freedom to be confronted with the witnesses against us, freedom to be able to call witnesses in our favor, and freedom to have a lawyer, are the very oxygen by which we live and without them we are as good as dead. These basic, fundamental and crucial freedoms are not negotiable; they do not belong to Khamnei to choose to give it to us and not to give it to us.

When they announce that some 81 political prisoners were released what does it mean? Why were they arrested to begin with? Now that they are released, did the government apologize? Did the government pay them compensation for the horrors that they and their loved ones suffered? And what guarantees do they have that they would not be arrested next week or next month? So these fraudulent actions to appease the United States and EU and UN in the hope of easing the crippling, economic, political and diplomatic sanctions are meaningless.

And why these rights are Not Negotiable? Because with these freedoms we can protect ourselves against unreasonable searches and seizures, against being tried twice for the same crime, against being a witness against ourselves, against having our life, liberty, or property taken “without due process of law” or excessive fines and against cruel and unusual punishments like torturing and sentencing our sons to death for expressing their views against the regime, or for a misdemeanor theft or even drug related offences.

So first and foremost, we must know our God given natural rights and then we must insist and fight for having them and making sure that they are firmly and fully protected in our constitution to make sure that after the upcoming Regime Change and end of Khamnei and his Islamic republic regime we will not be cheated by another tyrant. Freedom First, and again by Freedom I mean:

Unconditional and unquestioning Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assembly, publicly or privately, freedom to complain to the Government, Freedom to keep and bear Arms, freedom to a speedy and public trial, freedom to bail out when we are arrested, freedom to an impartial jury of our peers, freedom to be informed of what crime we are accused of, freedom to be confronted with the witnesses against us, freedom to be able to call witnesses in our favor, and freedom to have a lawyer in all trials.
These basic, fundamental and crucial freedoms are not negotiable.

And the reason that we demand these Not Negotiable Freedoms is so that we will protect ourselves against:

Unreasonable searches and seizures, against being tried twice for the same crime, against being a witness against ourselves, against having our life, liberty, or property taken “without due process of law”, and against having our private property taken “without just compensation” excessive fines and against cruel and unusual punishments like sentencing our sons to death for trumped up charges by the regime.

Why we must Abolish Islamic Republic Constitution?

The reason that we have to abolish the Islamic Republic Constitution is that it is impossible to have our above mentioned inalienable rights under this constitution. Islamic Republic constitution is a document written specially to deny all our natural and God-given rights and to justify this cynical document the framers have claimed that it is according to the will of Allah, which they agree that Allah and God is the same and if that is the case then how could God contradicts himself by giving us our natural rights as God given and then take them away by a document claimed to be written according to God’s word?

Islamic Republic constitutions begins by:

Article 1

“The form of government of Iran is that of an Islamic Republic, endorsed by the people of Iran on the basis of their longstanding belief in the sovereignty of truth and Qur’an justice, in the referendum of Farvardin 9 and 10 in the year 1358 of the of the lunar Islamic calendar (March 29 and 30, 1979], through the affirmative vote of a majority of 98.2% of eligible voters, held after the victorious Islamic Revolution led by the Ayatollah Khomaini.”


As we note the statement is a total fraud: On that (March 29 and 30, 1979], the people of Iran were only asked to vote (YES) or (NO) to ‘Islamic Regime’ without having any clue of what that meant, what they were voting for and it was deliberately done when the country was embroiled in national demonstrations and the former government had just fallen a month before. So there is absolutely no truth in this statement nor any historical evidence that the people of Iran had any desire to establish a Islamic or Quranic dominated form of government, and in fact the Iranian intellectuals and educated class had always inspired to follow a European political and Parliamentary system of government which is why they built the first parliament building in 1908 and insisted that the Monarchs should be engaged in ceremonial functions and leave the governing to the people through parliament and free political parties. So to claim that our people knew what they were voting for only 45 days after the fall of the Monarchy in a chaotic state of affairs is a blatant and deception. So the question that begs for an answer is this: who wrote the constitution? When they wrote the constitution? Who elected the body to write the constitution? How the referendum was organized? Who informed the people about the nature, form, shape and conditions of the so called Islamic Republic Constitution? And this is all when the entire nation was in complete chaos, and people had no idea what so ever about any political system short of ending the dictatorial and authoritarian Monarchy. The term 98.2% voter approval used loosely is such a fraudulent statements that it has become a source of ridicule, because in the absence of Election Laws, Election Commission, voter registration rules and regulations it would be impossible to have a free and fair election.

Article 2

The Islamic Republic is a system based on belief in:

  1. The One God (as stated in the phrase "There is no god except Allah"), His exclusive sovereignty and the right to legislate, and the necessity of submission to His commands;
  2. Divine revelation and its fundamental role in setting forth the laws;
  3. The return to God in the Hereafter, and the constructive role of this belief in the course of man's ascent towards God;
  4. The justice of God in creation and legislation;
  5. Continuous leadership (imamah) and perpetual guidance, and its fundamental role in ensuring the uninterrupted process of the revolution of Islam;
  6. The exalted dignity and value of man, and his freedom coupled with responsibility before God; in which equity, justice, political, economic, social, and cultural independence and national solidarity are secured by recourse to.”

The absurdity of this statements are self- evident. While Iranian people are very faithful and God fearing people indeed, how could they possibly imagine that God Himself is the source of legislation? And that the necessity of submission to His commands are added without explaining the mechanics of forming a legislating body to debate such laws and pass them with the consent of the ruled.

Divine revelations are at best vague and filled with contradictions and how can we make a blanket judgment that they are the source of the laws to govern a society in the 21st century?

The assumption is true and a direct violation of every Iranian citizen’s natural and inalienable rights because in true democratic society it is the right of every citizen to choose or not to choose his or her religion and how could a country’s constitution be the source of such a command? What about the Christians? What about the Jews, Bahia’s, Zoroastrians, Sunnis? And many other minority religions?

Which constitution in all democratic and successful societies are based on the assumption that GOD alone is the source of legislation? And here is the proof for the blatant deception and hijacking of the pro-democracy revolution when the framers of the Islamic Republic constitution deliver all the powers to an non-existent entity such as the absent Imam who died centuries ago and then the constitution conveniently appoint few unelected Ayatollahs as the voice of the absent Imam and therefore the owner of all the powers of God is handed over to these Ayatollahs and add that if anyone disagrees with them, they have in essence disagreed with God!! How convenient and how fraudulent!

So as you can see we are up against a fraudulent bunch of criminals who cheated our people and have been looting our country in the last 34 years and squandering our national wealth and making themselves and their secret partners in crime rich and therefore it is time to end this masquerade and start building our new political system by demanding Freedom First in our next constitution.

The Ayatollah’s fraudulent Islamic Republic had come to end long ago and the only reason why they remained for another few years is because of us not taking the necessary steps and stepping up to the stage and evicting them from their illegitimate seats and taking over the seats of power and establishing a type of constitution that no other fraudulent and tyrannical leader can cheat us again and take over the government of our country without our full knowledge, agreement and formal consent through free and fair elections.

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