Monday, January 16, 2006
On this day:

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 one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

That one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

That my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

That one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

That one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

That Alabama - the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement - will enact an "Alabama Civil Rights Initiative," prohibiting the state - including its public universitites - from discriminating against or giving preferential treatment to anyone on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.

That race will never again be used as a qualification for admission to one of Alabama's publicly-supported colleges or universities.

That courageous men like Ward Connerly will finally receive the recognition they deserve as heirs to the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.

That America's universities will rediscover that the duty to foster intellectual diversity lies at the heart of their mission, and that their irrational obsession for multiculturalism detracts from that duty.

That "choice" will be embraced as heartily by those who seek to educate our children as it is by those who seek to abort them.

That our law enforcement resources will be concentrated in the neighborhoods and communities where they are most needed, thereby ensuring that all law-abiding citizens - black or white, rich or poor - are equally protected from the violence of those who would steal, rape, maim, or murder.

That involuntary unemployment is eliminated once and for all by ensuring that wages and benefits are determined by the invisible hand of the free market, not by the long arm of government.

That those who seek liberation from the bonds of material poverty will continue to have the opportunity to do so by means of best system ever devised by man to provide that opportunity - free market capitalism.

That those who seek liberation from the bonds of spiritual poverty will turn to their God for relief, not to their government.