ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA—On the day of what would be freedom fighter Rosa Parks’s 95th birthday, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul released the following statement:
“On February 4, Americans nationwide will reflect on the legacy of Rosa Parks and wonder if they too would be so brave as to take a stand for freedom. Teachers will tell their students of the power of a woman who refused to bend to an unjust law, and parents will tell their children to never give into evil—but what more can we learn from this remarkable woman, who is one of my greatest heroes? “By challenging the injustice of segregation and refusing to give up her seat, Rosa Parks became an icon for a generation—but we must remember that the love of liberty is no passing fad, as we continue the struggle for freedom today. Rosa Parks’s heroism is a testament to the power of freedom, and we must carry her spirit to the present day.
“Will we too refuse to comply with injustice? Will we take a stand against unconstitutional and heinous government actions that threaten our rights today, such as the Patriot Act and Real ID?
“The future of free society depends upon the strength of the people to rise against injustice. We should remember that when Rosa Parks refused to stand on that bus, she stood for principle—and let us all have the courage to stand with her today.”