Source: Free Thought Magazine
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Date of publication: November 1901
Volume number: 19
Issue number: 11
|[untitled]. Free Thought Magazine Nov. 1901 v19n11: p. 680.|
|William McKinley (public statements); anarchism (personal response).|
President McKinley delivered an address in Cleveland, Ohio, July 4, to the school children of that city, where he uttered these truthful and patriotic words:
With patriotism in our hearts and with the flag of our country in our hands there is no danger of anarchy. * * * Anarchy flees before patriotism. Peace and order and security and liberty are safe so long as love of country burns in the hearts of the people. * * * Liberty to make our own laws does not give us license to break them. Liberty to make our own laws commands a duty to observe them ourselves and enforce obedience among all others within their jurisdiction. Liberty, my fellow-citizens, is responsibility, and responsibility is duty, and that duty is to preserve the exceptional liberty we enjoy within the law, and for the law, and by the law.
This speech is applicable to the anarchist that kills Presidents and also to those anarchists that mob and burn colored people in the South or white people in the North.