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Responsibility and Respect

By Richard Girard

" Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have."

Saul Alinsky (1909--72), U.S. radical activist. Rules for Radicals, "Tactics" (1971).

" Power has only one duty--to secure the social welfare of the People."

Benjamin Disraeli (1804--81), English statesman, author. Sybil, Book 4, Chapter 14 (1845).

Professor Weston in my Constitutional Law class almost thirty years ago stated that one should always look at dissenting opinions to find the Supreme Court's future. His example was Justice Harlan's dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which stated that truly separate but equal facilities would not long be maintained by the majority for any minority.

Justice Thurgood Marshall's dissent in Clark v. Community for Creative Non-Violence (468 U.S. 288), regarding the First Amendment's provisions for Freedom of Speech and Freedom to Peaceably Assemble for Redress of Grievances, falls into this same category. His dissent, with which Justice William Brennan concurred, started as follows:

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