Source: National Archives and Records Administration, The Lyndon B. And so I say to all of you here and to all in the nation tonight that those who appeal to you to hold on to the past do so at the cost of denying you your future. I will insist that the Government get a dollar's value for a dollar spent. We cannot exist alongside anyone other than ourselves. But I pledge you tonight that we intend to fight this battle where it should be fought: in the courts, and in the Congress, and in the hearts of men. To apply any other test—to deny a man his hopes because of his color or race, his religion or the place of his birth—is not only to do injustice, it is to deny America and to dishonor the dead who gave their lives for American freedom.
It is wrong--deadly wrong--to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of state's rights or national rights. Who can tell what deep and unspoken hopes are in their hearts tonight as they sit there and listen. This bill will strike down restrictions to voting in all elections, federal, state and local, which have been used to deny Negroes the right to vote. And if he manages to fill out an application, he is given a test. This nation has experienced a profound shock, and in this critical moment, it is our duty, yours and mine, as the Government of the United States, to do away with uncertainty and doubt and delay, and to show that we are capable of decisive action; that from the brutal loss of our leader we will derive not weakness, but strength; that we can and will act and act now.
I cannot bear this burden alone. We must preserve the right to free assembly. He was excellent at saying a lot without saying too much. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. But I wouldn't stop there. Yes, sir The beating and killing of our clergymen and young people will not divert us.
This site makes the Johnson telephone recordings a usable tool for this lesson. March until brotherhood becomes more than a meaningless word in an opening prayer, but the order of the day on every legislative agenda. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. To those who seek to avoid action by their national government in their home communities, who want to and who seek to maintain purely local control over elections, the answer is simple: open your polling places to all your people. Make it clear to your potential audience why they should spend their time and their money to listen to you.
And I have not the slightest doubt that good men from everywhere in this country, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, from the Golden Gate to the harbors along the Atlantic, will rally now together in this cause to vindicate the freedom of all Americans. This lesson will enable students to analyze the domestic social problems the United States faced during the 1960s. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. We will be forced to worship false gods unless we choose to martyr ourselves in the name of either the God above or our own free will. I will welcome the suggestions from all the members of Congress--I have no doubt that I will get some--on ways and means to strengthen this law and to make it effective.
The police violence that erupted resulted in the death of a King supporter, a white Unitarian-Universalist Minister from Boston named James J. And in particular, I pledge that the expenditures of your Government will be administered with the utmost thrift and frugality. For that is what will come to pass. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. Yesterday, you weighted 121 pounds. Step Two: After going over Johnson's Great Society speech, students should read along with the text and listen to the following telephone recordings.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And I have not the slightest doubt that good men from everywhere in this country, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, from the Golden Gate to the harbors along the Atlantic, will rally together now in this cause to vindicate the freedom of all Americans. But I pledge to you tonight that we intend to fight this battle where it should be fought--in the courts, and in the Congress, and the hearts of men. But rarely in any time does an issue lay bare the secret heart of America itself. In this age when there can be no losers in peace and no victors in war, we must recognize the obligation to match national strength with national restraint.
We must be prepared at one and the same time for both the confrontation of power and the limitation of power. While your audience may have preconceptions about you in these dimensions, you may be able to change their mind. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce. This does not mean that we will not meet our unfilled needs or that we will not honor our commitments. Few of them could speak English and I couldn't speak much Spanish. There is only the struggle for human rights.