Previous ages may not have had the wealth weenjoy. Their houses may have lacked electricity, andthey squeezed their many kids into small homeswithout central heating. But those homes had nodarkness, nor were they cold. They were lit brightwith the glow of love and they were warmed snuglyby the very heat of the human heart. Parents,undistracted by the lust for luxury and status,accorded their children primacy in their lives.
As you all know, our two countries broke from each other over what Thomas Jefferson referredto as "certain inalienable rights". And while we Americans and British might dispute the justiceof his claims, what has never been in dispute is that children have certain inalienable rights,and the gradual erosion of those rights has led to scores of children worldwide being deniedthe joys and security of childhood.
I would therefore like to propose tonight that we install in every home a Childrenf#39;sUniversal Bill of Rights, the tenets of which are:
1. The right to be loved without having to earn it.
2. The right to&.bsp;be protected, without having to deserve it.
3. The right to feel valuable, even if you came into the world with nothing.
4. The right to be listened to without having to be interesting.
5. The right to be read a bedtime story, without having to compete with the evening news orEastenders.