I say to you, my friends, even though we face difficulties today, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. I have a dream, that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “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. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
I have a dream, that one day all across this country, all people will sit down together voluntarily at the table of brotherhood without being compelled by the heavy hand of the state or by forces of political correctness. (And especially free of the heavy, groping hands of strangers dressed up as TSA agents touching our children and our private parts.)
I have a dream, that one day even the state of California, a state suffering from the heavy hand of the government, being oppressed with high taxes and numerous regulations, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and liberty, and its elected officials will recognize that those who govern least govern best.
I have a dream, that one day all of our children will be literate, numerate, and have a basic understanding of economics (TANSTAAFL).
I have a dream, that one day government will be small, frank, honest, and informative, so that we can make the wisest decisions for the use of our limited resources. I have a dream, that one day government will stop using our limited resources to play world policeman, seize raisins, subsidize banks, susidize agriculture, and generally interfere in markets and distort prices.
I have a dream, that one day we will all pay taxes in a much simplified system that does not facilitate rent-seeking and favoring some at the expense of others.
I have a dream, that one day my children and grandchildren will live in a nation where they will not be judged, classified, categorized or defined by the color of their skin or their ethnic heritage but by the content of their character. I have a dream, that one day in Washington, DC, with its demagogues, its racial panderists, its crony capitalists and other rent seekers, its elected officials and way-too-many bureaucrats who are filled with hubristic nannyism, that one day in Washington, DC, little boys and girls of all colors and ethnic backgrounds, will be able to join hands with other children of other colors and ethnic backgrounds as the cousins they all are.
I have a dream, that one day we will not be constantly lectured and hectored by members of the Clerisy (especially academics, “spokesmen/spokeswomen/spokespersons”, politicians, “celebrities”, pundits, televangelists, “reverends”, journalists, “activists”, and other moral preeners and busybodies) who believe they know what is best for the rest of us. I have a dream, that one day our “betters” and neo-Puritans will no longer be able to use the state to promote virtue by force and they will attempt persuasion rather than coercion, and that “zero tolerance” will be replaced by common sense.
I have a dream, that one day we will love other people (including people with whom we disagree) more than we love the state, which does not love us.
I have a dream, that one day all police officers will record all of their interactions with the public and will not see the public as enemy belligerents on a battlefield, and that SWAT raids will dramatically decrease, especially SWAT raids for underage drinking, gambling, drug use, and by the Department of Education and the EPA.
I have a dream, that one day the Bill of Rights will again be taken seriously by our courts and the rest of our government, that our government will not spy on us, and that criminal defendants will not talk until they are represented by competent legal counsel.
I have a dream, that one day every man and woman shall be able to freely pursue life, liberty and happiness, without interference from or the crony support of the government. I have a dream, that one day the rough places of human behavior will not be made smooth by a grinding bureaucracy, all criminal laws will have a mens rea requirement, and we will not be guilty of three felonies a day.
Yes, I have a dream, that one day the state will shrivel and get out of the way of people so they can pursue lives of liberty and happiness by their own lights. I have a dream, that one day this onerous spying nanny state shall, too, pass away, helped along by the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people.
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true, that people are free from compulsion by the state, free to associate with whom they please, worship as they please, speak as they please, ingest what they please, and freely transact and exchange goods (including Buckeyballs) and services with whom they please. Then we will all be able to sing, “Free at last, free at last, thank G-d Almighty, we are free at last.”
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