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08-30-2013, 09:48 AM
Itís time to extend MLKís dream to school choice aspirants and nonviolent offenders

By Sen. Rand Paul
August 30, 2013

This week, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.ís ďI Have a DreamĒ speech. Kingís speech ranks alongside the Declaration of Independence and Emancipation Proclamation as one of the most important expressions of American values and aspirations in our history. The marchers and activists of that era battled unspeakable odds to turn the nationís eyes toward the plight of blacks in America. King reminded us then, and reminds us today, of the power of civil disobedience ó in changing minds, changing hearts and, ultimately, changing the law.

There will always be the laws of men. But King showed us that there is sometimes a higher calling, a duty to oneís nation and God that requires resisting conventional standards or laws. In his letter from a Birmingham jail, King wrote:

ďThere is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar, on the ground that a higher moral law was at stake. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians, who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks rather than submit to certain unjust laws of the Roman Empire. To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience. In our own nation, the Boston Tea Party represented a massive act of civil disobedience.Ē


08-30-2013, 10:56 AM
rand is good with words..

did i mention this before?