( Please note that this is slightly tongue-in-cheek – for those few among us who might otherwise take this a little too seriously 😉 )
I am happy to join with you today in what may go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of man.
Five score years ago, (and fifty years more), a great man, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Nudists who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Nudist still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Nudist is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Nudist lives on a lonely island of shameful nudity in the midst of a vast ocean of textile domination. One hundred years later, the Nudist is still languished in the corners of modern society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we’ve come to this nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our state wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every man was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, nudist men as well as clothed men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that the world has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of skin are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, this world has given the Nudists a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind everybody of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of naked justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of naked injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of our children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Nudist’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. This year is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Nudist needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the world returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in the world until the Nudist is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nations until the bright day of justice emerges.
Original publication 5 May, 2014
Posted on NatCorn 29th May 2020
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