The time has come for America to hear the
truth about this tragic war. I’ve chosen to preach about the war in Vietnam because I
agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period
of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence is betrayal.
The truth of these words is beyond doubt, but the mission to which they call us is a
most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily
assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does
the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought
within one’s own bosom. There has never been such a monumental dissent during a war, by
the American people Polls reveal that almost fifteen million Americans explicitly oppose
the war in Vietnam. Additional millions cannot bring themselves around to support it. This
reveals that millions have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism,
to the high grounds of firm dissent, based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading
of history. Now, of course, one of the difficulties in speaking out today grows the fact that
there are those who are seeking to equate dissent with disloyalty. It’s a dark day in
our nation when high-level authorities will seek to use every method to silence dissent.
But something is happening, and people are not going to be silenced. The truth must be
told, and I say that those who are seeking to make it appear that anyone who opposes
the war in Vietnam is a fool or a traitor or an enemy of our soldiers is a person who
has taken a stand against the best in our tradition.
Many persons have questioned me about the wisdom of my path. “Why are you speaking about
the war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent?” Peace and civil rights
don’t mix, they say. And so this morning, I speak to you on this issue, because I am
determined to take the Gospel seriously. There is about a very obvious and almost facile
connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle I and others have been waging
in America. A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed that there
was a real promise of hope for the poor, both black and white, through the Poverty Program.
Then came the build-up in Vietnam. And I watched the program broken as if it was some idle
political plaything of a society gone mad on war. And I knew that America would never
invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures
like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money, like some demonic, destructive
suction tube. You may not know it, my friends, but it is estimated that we spend $500,000
to kill each enemy soldier, while we spend only fifty-three dollars for each person classified
as poor, and much of that fifty-three dollars goes for salaries to people that are not poor.
So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor, and attack it
as such. Perhaps the more tragic recognition of reality
took place when it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating
the hope of the poor at home. It was sending their sons, and their brothers, and their
husbands to fight and die in extraordinarily high proportion relative to the rest of the
population. We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by society and sending
them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had
not found in Southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with a cruel
irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for
a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same school room. So we watch
them in brutal solidarity, burning the huts of a poor village. But we realize that they
would hardly live on the same block in Chicago or Atlanta.
I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that
Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. They ask and write me, “So
what about Vietnam?” They ask if our nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to
solve its problems. I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence
of the oppressed in the ghettos without first having spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor
of violence in the world today: my own government. America and most of its newspapers applauded
me in Montgomery. And I stood before thousands of Negroes getting ready to riot when my home
was bombed and said, we can’t do it this way. They applauded us in the sit-in movement–we
non-violently decided to sit in at lunch counters. The applauded us on the Freedom Rides when
we accepted blows without retaliation. Oh, the press was so noble in its applause, and
so noble in its praise when I was saying, Be non-violent toward Bull Connor. There’s
something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that will praise you when you
say, Be non-violent toward Jim Clark, but will curse and damn you when you say, “Be
non-violent toward little brown Vietnamese children. There’s something wrong with that
press! Another burden of responsibility was placed
upon me in 1964. And I cannot forget that the Nobel Peace Prize was not just something
taking place, but it was a commission–a commission to work harder than I had ever worked before
for the brotherhood of Man. This is a calling that takes me beyond national allegiances.
But even if it were not present, I would yet have to live with the meaning of my commitment
to the ministry of Jesus Christ. To me, the relationship of this ministry to the making
of peace is so obvious that I sometimes marvel at those who ask me why I am speaking against
the war. Could it be that they do not know that the Good News was meant for all men,
for communists and capitalists, for their children and ours, for black and white, for
revolutionary and conservative. Have they forgotten that my ministry is in obedience
to the One who loved His enemies so fully that he died for them? What, then, can I say
to the Vietcong, or to Castro, or to Mao, as a faithful minister to Jesus Christ? Can
I threaten them with death, or must I not share with them my life? That there will be
no meaningful solution until some attempt is made to know these people and hear their
broken cries. And who are we supporting in Vietnam today?
It’s a man by the name of general Ky [Air Vice Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky] who fought with
the French against his own people, and who said on one occasion that the greatest hero
of his life is Hitler. This is who we are supporting in Vietnam today. Oh, our government
and the press generally won’t tell us these things, but God told me to tell you this morning.
The truth must be told. All the while the people read our leaflets
and received regular promises of peace and democracy and land reform. Now they languish
under our bombs and consider us, not their fellow Vietnamese, the real enemy. They see
the children degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. We have destroyed their two
most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land
and their crops. This is a role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful
revolutions impossible but refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes
from the immense profits of overseas investments. I’m convinced that if we are to get on the
right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution
of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented
society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered
more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation
are incapable of being conquered. A true revolution of values will soon cause
us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies. True compassion
is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. A true revolution of values will soon look
uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It
will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums
of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern
for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look
at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say, “This is not just.”
The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to
learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order
and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human
beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting
poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home
from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged,
cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after
year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching
spiritual death. It is a sad fact that because of comfort,
complacency, a morbid fear of communism, our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western
nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become
the arch anti-revolutionaries. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the
revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility
to poverty, racism, and militarism. A genuine revolution of values means in the
final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation
must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the
best in their individual societies. This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly
concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing,
unconditional love for all men. This oft misunderstood and misinterpreted concept, so readily dismissed
by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force, has now become an absolute
necessity for the survival of mankind. Let me say finally that I oppose the war in
Vietnam because I love America. I speak out against this war, not in anger, but with anxiety
and sorrow in my heart, and, above all, with a passionate desire to see our beloved country
stand as the moral example of the world. I speak out against this war because I am disappointed
with America. And there can be no great disappointment where there is not great love. I am disappointed
with our failure to deal positively and forthrightly with the triple evils of racism, economic
exploitation, and militarism. We are presently moving down a dead-end road that can lead
to national disaster. America has strayed to the far country of racism and militarism.
All men are made in the image of God. All men are brothers. All men are created equal.
Every man is an heir to a legacy of dignity and worth. Every man has rights that are neither
conferred by, nor derived from the State–they are God-given. Out of one blood, God made
all men to dwell upon the face of the earth. What a marvelous foundation for any home!
What a glorious and healthy place to inhabit. But America’s strayed away, and this unnatural
excursion has brought only confusion and bewilderment. It has left hearts aching with guilt and minds
distorted with irrationality. It is time for all people of conscience to
call upon America to come back home. Come home, America. I call on Washington today.
I call on every man and woman of good will all over America today. I call on the young
men of America who must make a choice today to take a stand on this issue. Tomorrow may
be too late. And don’t let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine,
messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing
before the nations with judgment, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, “You’re
too arrogant! Now it isn’t easy to stand up for truth and
for justice. Sometimes it means being frustrated. Sometimes it means losing a job…means being
abused and scorned. It may mean having a seven, eight year old child asking a daddy, “Why
do you have to go to jail so much?” I’ve long since learned that to be a follower to the
Jesus Christ means taking up the cross. And my bible tells me that Good Friday comes before
Easter. Before the crown we wear, there is the cross that we must bear. Let us bear it–bear
it for truth, bear it for justice, and bear it for peace. Let us go out this morning with
that determination. And I have not lost faith. I’m not in despair. I haven’t lost faith,
because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. We shall overcome
because the bible is right: “You shall reap what you sow”. With this faith we will be
able to speed up the day when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like
a mighty stream. With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when the lion and
the lamb will lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree,
and none shall be afraid because the words of the Lord have spoken it. With this faith
we will be able to speed up the day when all over the world we will be able to join hands
and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty,
we’re free at last!” With this faith, we’ll sing it as we’re getting ready to sing it
now. Men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. And nations
will not rise up against nations, neither shall they study war anymore. And I don’t
know about you, I ain’t gonna study war no more.

Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”
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99 thoughts on “Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

  • April 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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    BROTHERHOOOOD of Men. we all came from same tree

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  • June 2, 2016 at 3:22 am
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    He was a commie ass hole. I remember his non violent bull shit. No this speech didn't get him killed bro. His Bull Shit lies got him killed

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  • June 15, 2016 at 7:34 am
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    i hold this ,, and there is no god

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  • June 15, 2016 at 7:40 am
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    who ? wat fk ? piece prize

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  • June 23, 2016 at 12:50 am
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    I hate hi now the war was in a weird please but dame just fucking support you brothers in arms and the American solders

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  • July 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm
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    11:09 "…who fought with the French against his own people, and who said on one occasion that the greatest hero of his life is Hitler. This is who we are supporting in Vietnam today."
    11:58 "They see the children degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food.
    We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village.
    We have destroyed their land and their crops.
    This is a role our nation has taken…"

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  • August 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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    still relative today#timeless

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  • August 10, 2016 at 12:13 pm
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    sorry Sun diss Pop dukes you never log me out😂

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  • August 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm
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    I love MLK what he did to erase segregation and also his oration skills were amazing but his politics and beliefs on non violence were fantasyland America was made Free by violence and war…I believe Vietnam was a fight against the North's Communism but Johnson and Westmoreland didn't know how to fight …Jesus is Lord

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  • October 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm
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    Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest patriots this country has ever had.

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  • October 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm
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    would've been a great president

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  • October 28, 2016 at 2:32 am
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    The more things change, the more they stay the same, and in fact, worsen.

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  • November 1, 2016 at 12:08 am
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    This speech is great, but MLK was exception in the black community.

    Students of the 60's know that with the exception of radicalized blacks, who had some knowledge of America's imperialistic role in the world, most blacks took a long time to realize how disastrous our Vietnam policy was, just as most blacks blindly followed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries.

    The backbone of the anti war movement came from educated members of the white middle class who did not just listen to the stupid, lying Television news; they read the New York Times.

    The greatest champions of the anti-war movement were Gene Mc Carthy, Bobby Kennedy and George Mc Govern.

    Also, it would be nice if you covered the hearings of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in 1966, in which some brave Senators, such as Senator Fullbright, castigated our reckless and reasonless Vietnam policy

    Also lets not forget Tom Hayden and Abbie Hoffman and Mark Rudd and Jerry Rubin and the other student activists who got their heads bashed in at Chicago, Columbia and at all of our better colleges.

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  • November 4, 2016 at 4:15 am
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    Fact there were Russian's and Chinese in Vietnam. Oswald was suspected of having communist ties, and he was a suspect in the killing of John F. Kennedy. Something to think about.

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  • November 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm
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    In times of great pain and confusion in this country, we must remember that courage and integrity moves people to greater times.

    The words of MLK must keep us grounded and purposeful at retaking our country back to the image in the liking of our founding fathers and visionary men like these. Keep your head up folks!

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  • November 15, 2016 at 12:40 pm
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    these are dark times in our history, when high level authorities, will seek to use every method to silence dissent, but something is happening, and people are not going to be silenced, the truth must be told. To all of you who were ridiculed and insulted, and none the less voted for change.

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  • November 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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    "I have a mother-fucking dream"

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  • January 4, 2017 at 2:41 am
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    Who else gets chills from this?

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  • January 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm
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    Proverb 9-7 said: " do not loose your time to advise an evil…He will hate you" And yet MLK was killed.

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  • January 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm
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    Dr. King, You will never die!

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  • January 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    I wish the Cowards in Government, both in the US and Britain, had heeded this

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  • January 16, 2017 at 9:47 pm
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    i will always loveyou martin luther king you will always be powerful

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  • January 17, 2017 at 3:49 am
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    I'm so sorry that it isn't much better now…but, I quit the army because of him and Leo Tolstoy, so there's that, for my mind.

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  • January 18, 2017 at 2:42 am
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    A great speech, with great truths, delivered by a great speaker.

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  • January 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm
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    rest in piss

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  • February 17, 2017 at 5:44 am
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    You must know that this video edited out the most powerful line of the whole speech. at 19:25 he actually says: (cut section marked by brackets) "Don't let anybody make you think that God made America as his divine Messianic force to be a sort of policeman for the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, you're too arrogrant [and if you don't change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power and place it in the hands of a nation that doesn't even know my name. Be still and know that I'm God.] Now it isn't easy…" smh.

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  • April 3, 2017 at 11:25 pm
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    Dr. King showed his guts. Vietnam was a tragedy.

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  • April 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm
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    MLK jr – 50 years ago today. Exactly 1 year later, he was killed.
    "Let me say finally that I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America. I speak out against this war, not in anger, but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and, above all, with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as the moral example of the world. I speak out against this war because I am disappointed with America. And there can be no great disappointment where there is not great love."

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  • April 5, 2017 at 4:30 am
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    A true prophet like in the Bible!

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  • April 5, 2017 at 2:02 pm
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    I had to cut my visit to the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City because I could not hold my tears in public.

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  • April 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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    The war machine is in motion again.

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  • April 30, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    "I aint gonna study war no more, "I aint gonna study war, no more. Strength is not in the use of destructive weaponry. War only promotes the arrogant ones agenda for control by fear, terrorism. Dr. King was more than a preacher, and he proved that violence does not build a better society. It will bring about it's demise. Our duty should be working toward building peaceful and harmonious environments.

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  • May 7, 2017 at 2:09 am
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    love this speech, especially when your own kind will try to discourage you….but God will never leave you. I hear this speech…when I'm discouraged.

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  • May 8, 2017 at 8:12 pm
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    How did this channel get permission to post the speech audio on YouTube? I am interested in finding out how I can use this speech as well. Is it protected?

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  • May 17, 2017 at 5:51 am
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    Amazing!
    Also i hope it's alright i used this speech for my ''Rising Storm: Vietnam'' video? 🙂

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  • May 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm
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    2017 …we still remember you martin….

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  • July 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm
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    R.I.P Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ❤️🙏🏽

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  • July 20, 2017 at 3:02 am
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    I cry every time I listen to him. God help us in 2017

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  • July 29, 2017 at 5:27 pm
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    3:00+: He quotes his critics who tell him "civil rights and war don't mix." And Power has sure been working 50 years since to make it worse.

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  • July 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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    Thank you—-Still a blaze of light and spirit. 13:00+ on the "true revolution of values" that must come if we're going to avoid self-destruction.

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  • July 30, 2017 at 1:34 am
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    👑 SAINT 👑 DR. 👑KING 👑

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  • August 15, 2017 at 1:02 am
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    Thank you " Non-Corporate News " for sharing this post. God Bless You.

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  • September 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm
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    An almost Shaksperain tradgedy expose of America then, and, more significantly, the America of today! His views, as expressed here, outlwith his views on civil rights, had to account for bis assassination some months later, an assassination that has not yet been solved.

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  • November 11, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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    Dr king was ahead of his time the greatest speaker of all time r.i.p

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  • December 10, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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    You don't War ?But they Cover your color and they doing it toHaiti

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  • January 3, 2018 at 8:58 pm
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    All wars are Jewish bankers wars!!

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  • January 10, 2018 at 10:32 pm
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    zaid

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  • January 13, 2018 at 9:58 pm
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    500 hundred thousand to kill each enemy.   sad

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  • January 15, 2018 at 5:11 am
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    This is the most powerful speech he gave in his last year on earth and is what cost this noble man his life today at work i ask a lot of so called Christian if there pastors mentioned dr king in service today and not one person said that there pastor even mentioned him how is it possible in black church's that the day before dr king birthday that they dont talk about this man maybe the best Christian preacher this country produced

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  • January 15, 2018 at 11:04 pm
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    He voice sounds so powerful! 💯👍🏼

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  • January 16, 2018 at 5:22 am
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    Thank you for keeping this on the Tube. I've been sharing it all day, where it's much needed.

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  • January 16, 2018 at 10:57 pm
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    mlk was a prophet. no different than moses in the bible. and sadly like most prophets he met a violent end. killed by his own government that now "honors" him with a holiday. disgusting. his stance against the war and his poor peoples campaign sealed his fate. he became a threat to the power structure that was benefitng from the war. america rarely touches on the last 3 years of his life when his message shifted drastically. most dont even know he met elijah muhammad in 1966 for a meeting. and theres no doubt that influenced mlk the rest of his life. and his stance against the war was due to an article he read that made him cry written by william pepper. the plot to kill him goes all the way to the president. it goes also to his inner circle that contained sellout rats like jesse jackson. this man was undoubtedly the most dangerous and feared man to the power structure in american history. he was planning on giving a speech titled "why america may go to hell" the sunday following his death.

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  • January 16, 2018 at 11:53 pm
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    As soon as MLK spoke out about the Vietnam war, that's what got him killed IMO by a military sniper.

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  • January 17, 2018 at 12:07 am
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    19:26 – 19:42

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  • January 21, 2018 at 4:16 am
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    There’s just something about MLK that when you listen to him he opens up your soul and gives you insane goosebumps! Hands down he is “A man of God.” If only he was still alive today, there would’ve been no “Trump Campaign.” Because of him slavery is eviscerated and wiped from the face of the earth, however racism and hatred is still alive👎🏼😡!!! Such embarrassment from today’s generation in America. Both sides, the minorities and the top 1%, the middle class and the wealthy, everybody needs to just understand the conflict going on between each other and themselves, solve the problems and stop creating such rising tensions in the United States, Before nations such as North Korea, or terrorist groups in the Middle East take advantage. It’s time we come together to solve our National problem and find a solution! For whom is targeting the US, For those that want War against the United States, please know that the words and actions from the White House, is NOT the same words and actions that come from the dearest citizen of America, for we do not share the same arrogance, hatred, and total disrespect as Donald J. Trump and his presidential campaign!

    #MLK #StopTheRacism #NoHateZone

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  • January 25, 2018 at 1:31 pm
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    The Australian Army fighting on behalf of the United States of America as a form of counting Viet Cong dead would cut off their enemies ears to prove their body count and keep them on a string around their necks for souvenirs. The South Korean army fighting on behalf of America we're so vicious they were known not even to leaving a fly alive when they got finished Security an area. This is the mass murder that America and its allies conduct when America gives them the license to Kill under so call Allied or Coalition forces. America's napalm bombing and the use of chemical weapons agent orange are war crimes of a magnitude of having no restraints and no conscience. Martin Luther King identifying these catastroph is why they assassinated him with a 6 Man United States Army sniper team at the Lorraine Hotel. Till this day even modern-day Wikipedia says that James Earl Ray killed Martin Luther King. That's the American justice system and American propaganda history for you. God Bless America, make America great again.

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  • February 6, 2018 at 12:51 am
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    One of my heroes. He stood up knowing they word knock him down. The courage is as immense as Gandhi's, Jesus' and all those who stood up to the wrongs of the ruling class, and brought them to light!!

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  • February 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm
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    We know who those “thumbs down” came from. Great Man 👍🏾

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  • March 7, 2018 at 6:57 pm
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    we today in america need some leaders to step into Dr.King's shoes and pick back up the torch of peace and decency, stand up to the war machine. nowadays the citizens are so war-weary by the con't big business of foreign violence that there is virtually NO Anti-war movement in america today. and how in God's name are we going to get millenials off Facebook and their cell phones long enough to become the leaders that are needed to humanize this disgusting martial Empire that has become a scourge on this planet?

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  • March 17, 2018 at 12:56 am
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    Just remember god was silent during slavery and every war ever fought

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  • March 19, 2018 at 3:08 am
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    An amazing speech from an amazing man.

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  • March 21, 2018 at 9:49 am
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    Hardcore Zionist / communist bastard, fake POS !

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  • March 29, 2018 at 3:25 pm
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    Here comes the dreamer…..let us slay him and see what becomes of his dreams.

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  • April 4, 2018 at 3:28 am
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    Man if he were here today what if?im thirty years old and seems to me its not a single person around that could carry the weight of this man.this is how i know its a god because god will send a unique person thru our hardest time

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  • April 4, 2018 at 7:39 pm
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    Sedition

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  • April 6, 2018 at 6:06 pm
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    He’s still prevalent today. He was ahead of his time in many ways.

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  • April 12, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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    Powerful

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  • April 24, 2018 at 3:54 am
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    Wow this my first time hearing this .

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  • May 4, 2018 at 11:51 pm
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    As a fanatic of America MLK is right

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  • May 10, 2018 at 8:33 pm
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    vietnameese are yellow not brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • July 14, 2018 at 11:10 pm
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    MLK signed his death certificate when he gave this speech. When JFK was assassinated, the policy for vietnam changed overnight

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  • August 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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    215 Devils with there thumbs up there arse. IF you dont find this Brilliantly beautiful you are sick

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  • August 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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    A true example to everyone who believes in love and justice.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 1:49 am
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    I wonder how much we spend to kill enemy combatants today compared to how much we spend to educate a poor student

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  • December 11, 2018 at 4:23 am
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    We need this message today more than ever. MLK saw the futility of endless war.

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  • January 2, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    MUCH LOVE EVERY WAR TO FIGHT WHILE FIGHTING JUST TO BE BLACK HERE

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  • January 12, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    I am Vietnamese and I am happy he said that

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  • January 21, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    Lyndon Johnson, racist and elitist, got us into Vietnam. We left Laos and Cambodia under JFK. We could have left Vietnam too.

    Lyndon's friends need big war profits. Helicopters, Agent Orange, artillery shells, and other "consumables". Hundreds of billions of dollars pissed away for nothing. Tens of thousands of our own people, millions of Vietnamese who never raised a hand against America, never was a threat to America, killed.

    I wonder what Dr. King would think of the "War on Terror". He'd dislike it too.

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  • January 22, 2019 at 3:13 am
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    "Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. against the "triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism."
    Sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967.
    Text of entire speech:
    "I've long since learned that to be a follower to the Jesus Christ means taking up the cross. And my bible tells me that Good Friday comes before Easter. Before the crown we wear, there is the cross that we must bear. Let us bear it–bear it for truth, bear it for justice, and bear it for peace. Let us go out this morning with that determination. And I have not lost faith. I'm not in despair, because I know that there is a moral order. I haven't lost faith, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. I can still sing "We Shall Overcome" because Carlyle was right: "No lie can live forever." We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant was right: "Truth pressed to earth will rise again." We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell was right: "Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne." Yet, that scaffold sways the future. We shall overcome because the bible is right: "You shall reap what you sow." With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when the lion and the lamb will lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid because the words of the Lord have spoken it. With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when all over the world we will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we're free at last!" With this faith, we'll sing it as we're getting ready to sing it now. Men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. And nations will not rise up against nations, neither shall they study war anymore. And I don't know about you, I ain't gonna study war no more."

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  • January 23, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    This is the real reason why he was killed

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  • January 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    “I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic… [Capitalism] started out with a noble and high motive… but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has out-lived its usefulness.” – Letter to Coretta Scott, July 18, 1952.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    "War…..What's it good for ?….Absolutely Nothing !"

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  • February 3, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    To me it sounds like MLK JR. is tired and wants to give up hope.

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  • February 27, 2019 at 2:26 am
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    See, HE KNEW! He knew about the power of the press. He addressed the media propaganda that is now being pushed full throttle today. He stayed calling America out on it's hypocrisy! They say one thing how they stand for this and stand for freedom and stand for that but at the same time cant treat our own citizens with respect. No priorities. He also was on to the Bankers and their benefitting from wars. keep everyone distracted over to another direct using the media while an under the table dirty deal was going on.

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  • April 1, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    The Legend

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  • April 4, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Americans will never admit that very evil men exist in their own government=CIA+FBI.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 4:25 am
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    See also Tolstoy's excellent anti war testament "the kingdom of God is within you."

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  • May 15, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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    Rage Against The Machine brought me here…

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  • May 16, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    MLK Jr., just like John Lennon, was too successful at influencing working class young men to stop enlisting in Kissinger's friends' "war" to obtain land and cheap subservient laborers from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Interesting that the crass money-licking overlords scheduled their hired hit on him to take place exactly one year to the very day he first spoke out publicly against the war. It was a warning message to everyone else with influence over the general public not to dare try the same thing. MLK, Jr. and John Lennon were both already too world famous to silence them any other way than to kill them outright. To see how the overlords silence less well known people who speak out against war investments, watch the documentary about media spin, titled simply "Spin" by Brian Springer to see how "they" effectively shut down a potentially influential presidential candidate named Larry Agran who was then Mayor of Irvine California.

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  • May 26, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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    The government praised him for being a nonviolent domestic force for change, but the minute he opposed American violence abroad they condemned him. Some theories even say this is what got him killed, just like Robert Kennedy was that same year.

    This is the MLK they don't tell you about. The one who spoke out against war and poverty in America from 1963 to 1968, which conflicted with the interests of the military-industrial complex. The man they gloss over in history books in an attempt to try and erase the part of his legacy they don't agree with. Those five years between "I Have a Dream" and his assassination? No one ever talks about it. Why? Because his message was a threat to a war machine that has hijacked the American Dream. A message for peace, nonviolence, and brotherhood that got him killed.

    His message must never be forgotten. It is more relevant now than ever before.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    Best Pharaoh

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  • May 31, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    USA still the greatest purveyor of violence from ancient Rome to aka Modern USA,same people

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  • May 31, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    We need to join our own nation,,NOI

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  • May 31, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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    How many wars since?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    White,mlk didn't understand was conquest,whites,and colored peoples nature are different,,barbaric violence,and Muslim,peaceful ,not war like

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  • May 31, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    He dont understand slavery was war,and conquest, in this modern Rome,they have always killed ththe prophets,of old

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  • August 29, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    At 7:13. 12:44. Fav quotes regarding America ever.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    Such a sacred speech would certainly should resulted in antagonizing him with the evils.

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