Ashton Kutcher Speech: The Pursuit of Happiness

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Ashton Kutcher Speech: The Pursuit of Happiness

Watch this famous Ashton Kutcher Speech. Ashton gave an emotional speech on modern slavery to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing that took place ahead of Shine a Light on Slavery Day. Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur. Enjoy our Speeches with big English subtitles and keep your English learning journey.

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I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher full TRANSCRIPT:

“Thank you. It is an honor to be here.

As a young man, raised and — and brought up in the public school system, I pledged my allegiance to that flag every single day. And the honor — maybe one of the greatest honors of my life today is to be here, and leverage the work that — that I’ve done as testimony that may in some way benefit this nation that I love.

I’d like start by saying thank you to Chairman Corker for your leadership in this endeavor, and to Senator Cardin. Your leadership has been extraordinary. And I’d like to also say thank you to the rest of the committee that has supported this effort. This is a bipartisan effort. And in a country that is riddled with bipartisan separation on so many things, slavery seems to come up as one of these issues that we can all agree upon. And I applaud you for your agreement, and I believe in you and your leadership and your ability to take us out of it.

I’m here today to defend the right to pursue happiness. It’s a simple notion, the right to pursue happiness. It’s bestowed upon all of us by our Constitution. Every citizen of this country has the right to pursue it and I believe that it…is incumbent upon us as citizens of this nation, as Americans, to bestow that right upon others — upon each other, and upon the rest of the world.

But the right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away. It’s raped. It’s abused. It’s taken by force, fraud, or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another.
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