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Former President Harry S. Truman Speaks on Liberty and Justice in America (Post number 1 of 6)

Liberty and justice under the rule of law are primary American principles. Our struggle to understand and execute them in our country never stops.

A beautiful and up to date restatement of how our Democracy should work comes from Former President, Harry S. Truman, in a little known address he made to Missouri Bar enrollees almost 60 years ago. This blog will serialize his remarks. (Quoted as it was printed in the June 1958 and November 2014 issues of the Journal of the Missouri Bar.)

"I do not consider myself adequately equipped to make a full and complete discussion of the Constitution, but I have been interested in it for many a long day. You can read it every day, and a hundred times besides, and you will always find something you haven't seen in it before. You know, it took the Supreme Court of the United States 150 years to find the word "welfare" in the Constitution. And if it takes the Supreme Court that long to discover something in it, what chance does the average man have?

The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are now assembled in one place for display and safekeeping. We venerate these documents not because they are old, not because they are valuable historical relics, but because they still have meaning for us. It was about 166 years ago that the Bill of Rights was ratified, but it is still pointing the way to greater freedom and greater opportunities for human happiness. So long as we govern our nation by the letter and by the spirit of the Bill of Rights, we can be sure that our nation will grow in strength and wisdom and freedom"

The speech will continue next week in post number 2 of 6. The full text of the speech is available on my website under the articles tab.

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