Anti-Federalism Inthe second year of the American Revolutionary Warthe Virginia colonial legislature passed a Declaration of Rights that included the sentence "The freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic Governments. However, these declarations were generally considered "mere admonitions to state legislatures", rather than enforceable provisions. George Masona Constitutional Convention delegate and the drafter of Virginia's Declaration of Rights, proposed that the Constitution include a bill of rights listing and guaranteeing civil liberties. Other delegates—including future Bill of Rights drafter James Madison —disagreed, arguing that existing state guarantees of civil liberties were sufficient and that any attempt to enumerate individual rights risked the implication that other, unnamed rights were unprotected.
Text version below transcribed directly from audio] Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy and his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about.
And Ralph Abernathy is the best friend that I have in the world. You reveal that you are determined to go on anyhow. Something is happening in Memphis; something is happening in our world. And you know, if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of taking a kind of general and panoramic view of the whole of human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, "Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?
I would move on by Greece and take my mind to Mount Olympus. And I would watch them around the Parthenon as they discussed the great and eternal issues of reality. I would go on, even to the great heyday of the Roman Empire. And I would see developments around there, through various emperors and leaders.
I would even come up to the day of the Renaissance, and get a quick picture of all that the Renaissance did for the cultural and aesthetic life of man.
I would even go by the way that the man for whom I am named had his habitat. And I would watch Martin Luther as he tacked his ninety-five theses on the door at the church of Wittenberg. I would come on up even toand watch a vacillating President by the name of Abraham Lincoln finally come to the conclusion that he had to sign the Emancipation Proclamation.
I would even come up to the early thirties, and see a man grappling with the problems of the bankruptcy of his nation.
And come with an eloquent cry that we have nothing to fear but "fear itself.
Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, "If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the 20th century, I will be happy. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding.
Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. Survival demands that we grapple with them. Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it.
That is where we are today. But that day is all over. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. Now, what does all of this mean in this great period of history?Latinos monolithically support the Democratic Party, the party that has done more than any other to destroy free speech in America.
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