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Former President Harry S. Truman Speaks on Liberty and Justice in America, Post number 5 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 update 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.)

"Whether they know it or not, those people (here in the united states) who believe in special privilege (for the few) are enclosing the spirit, as well as the letter, of the original Constitution in a glass case, sealed off from the living nation. They are turning it into a mummy, as dead as some old Pharaoh of Egypt, and in so doing they are giving aid and comfort to the enemies of democracy.

The First Article of the Bill of Rights provides that Congress shall make no law respecting freedom of worship or abridging freedom of opinion. There are some among us who seem to feel that this provision goes too far, even for the purpose of preventing tyranny over the mind of man. Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and in freedom of opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous; it is absolutely fatal to liberty. The external threat to liberty should not drive us into suppressing liberty at home. Those who want the government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.

Invasion and conquest by communist armies would be a horror beyond our capacity to imagine. But invasion and conquest by communist ideal of right and wrong would be just as bad.

For us to embrace the methods of morals of communism in order to defeat communist aggression would be moral disaster worse than any physical catastrophe. If that should come to pass, then the Constitution and the Declaration would be utterly dead. But I do not believe it will come to pass. On the contrary, I believe that every day every one of us is re-dedicating himself to the ideal of liberty."

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

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