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Congressional Leaders Commemorate 1963 March on Washington

The diverse group of 200,000 marched peacefully side-by-side for jobs, freedom and equality... "we have and will continue to splinter segregation into a thousand pieces"
Speaker Commits Congress to Making King's Dream a Reality
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2003

Speaker Dennis Hastert made the following statement today:
"Good afternoon, I want to thank Rep. John Lewis for having me. I also want to pay tribute to the other five Americans, who helped to issue the national call for the March on Washington, but have since passed on. May God bless them and their families for putting our country on the right path.

"'Fellow Americans, we are gathered here in the largest demonstration in the history of this nation. We are the advance guard of a massive moral revolution for jobs and freedom.' With those very words, A. Philip Randolph, the late civil rights leader opened the March on Washington and initiated a journey we're still on today.

"It is my privilege and honor to stand here today and work toward the very same principles that he and many other leaders fought for 40 years ago on August 28th, 1963. More than 200,000 blacks and whites, musicians and politicians, workers and those looking for work came to the Washington Mall that day. Their path started that morning, at the Washington Monument, took them along Independence and Constitution Avenues, and culminated at the Lincoln Memorial. This diverse group marched peacefully side-by-side for jobs, freedom and equality. Most importantly, their journey did not end at the Lincoln Memorial -- that's the site where their mission actually began.

"Rep. Lewis, as you so eloquently stated on that day, 'By the force of this demand, our determination and our numbers... we have and will continue to splinter segregation into a thousand pieces, and put them back together in the image of God and Democracy.'

"We will continue to work toward the mission laid out on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by working in Congress to ensure that Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech embodies more than an American Dream, but an American reality and way of life.

"My friends, the journey continues with the same passion, focus, and vision as was started 40 years ago. Thank you."

See:  http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=139-07232003
Conservative Hero: Fighting for the Right to Segregate! 24.Jul.2003 23:09

Strom Thrurmond

Thurmond ran for president as a Dixiecrat in 1948 and won 39 Southern electoral votes as part of a states' rights uprising against President Harry Truman's support for civil rights. Nearly a decade later, he set the Senate record for filibustering that still stands when he spoke against a 1957 civil rights bill for 24 hours and 18 minutes...

Like many one-time segregationists, Thurmond insisted the issue in the 1957 Civil Rights Act wasn't race but "federal power vs. state power" - though the state power he wanted to preserve was the power to segregate.

"The question of integration was only one facet of that matter," he said in a November 1992 interview.

...Thurmond switched to the Republican Party in 1964, complaining that Democrats were "leading the evolution of our nation to a socialistic dictatorship." (One year after the historic March on Washington)

South Carolina was then overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats, but his switch helped begin the political evolution that led to Republicans beating Democrats in most statewide races. In 1968, Thurmond played a pivotal role in the "Southern Strategy" that helped Richard Nixon win the White House...

See:  http://www.theitem.com/CityDesk/030627a_news.cfm

Libertarians want to RENEW Segregation 25.Jul.2003 08:56

William J. Watkins, Jr

from "The Free Market - The Mises Institute monthly"
December 1995
Volume 13, Number 12

Schools and Judicial Tyranny
William J. Watkins, Jr.

...Neighborhood schools, with a maximum local control, offer parents an opportunity to take an active role in their children's education. For those who are unable to homeschool or send their children to private schools, local control of public schools makes the best out of a bad situation.

A return of local control would mean a REPUDIATION of the statist, centralizing, and egalitarian principles of BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION. But that is exactly what is needed to end judicial control, return to fiscal responsibility, create coherent communities, and reinvigorate an educational system that works for students and parents.

The Ludwig von Mises Institute is the research and educational center of classical liberalism, LIBERTARIAN political theory, and the Austrian School of economics. Working in the intellectual tradition of Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Murray N. Rothbard.

See: www.mises.org/freemarket_detail.asp?control=211