CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE May 7, 1970
Mr. MANSFIELD. lllr. President, there
is a great intlux of students from various
parts of the country into this area. There
will be more. There will be demonstrations,
I understand, as well in the Nation's
Capitol over the weekend.
I have been talking with some of the
students, some of whom I met aceidentally
and other students from Montana
who were attending eastern universities.
I found them to be deeply concerned. I
found them to be individuals who want
to do the right thing within the Constitution,
who want to be heard and who
want to be given some assuranc.es that
their complaints will be heeded.
I am very much pleased with the actions
taken by the administration in recent
days; for example, by the Department
of Justice in aaking for a waiver of
the 1&-day rule, so that these young men
and women may participate in a peaceable
demonstration thia weekend. I was
plea.sed that the President found an hour
of his time to sii down with six students
from Kent State University. I was
pleued and pleasantly surprised to read
in this morning's newspaper about the
letter which the Secretary of the Interior,
Hon. Walter Hickel, wrote to the
President of the United States. I think
these are all steps in the right direction.
and I for one wish to commend the administration
and give to it its just due.
I believe we are facing a most dangereus
and stormy situation in this country.
It does not apply only to students in
college; there are millions of other
youngsters who have not had the opportunity
to go to college and who, somehow
or other, have been lost in the shume.
They, too, must and should be given
The trend in this country has been toward
a polarization of the people. It is
an ugly trend, because it will do the
Republic no good. I would hope that the
evidence we have seen this week, which
seems to indicate a desire to bring about
a mutual accOmmodation, will be continued.
I would hope that these young
men and women, college and noncollege,
will be listened to. will be heard. and will
have consideration given to the questions
on their minds. I am sure tl'tll.t every
Member of this body intends to do just
that, so far as these young people are
concerned. It will be an education not
only for us as individuals, but also, I
think, for the administration. We cannot
turn our backs on these fellow Americans.
these fellow citizens, these children
o! ours. Most of them want to do the
right thing. They are all entitled to be
I d.:> no~ advocate assaults on persons
or property. '"'"ose actions lie outsiCte
the scope of ~,.. •· ~ections provided by
the first amend!-. ..:, . o• the Constitution
of the United States. !' . ; I rio believe in
the right of dissent-pr c :: !e dissent. I
do believe in the righL 0r · ~se young
people to petition their Set,a ~.drS, their
Representatives. and their Government.
I do believe in the elements of the first
amendment: freedom of press, freedom
of sp~ch, freedom of religion, and the
right to assemble peaceably-and
"peaceably" is the key word.
So I would hope that th~e young people,
when they meet this weekend, will
do so peaceably. If they do, I think I can
assure them that in th11.t way they will
have a greater etrect than in any other
way. If trere is violence on the part of
a mini-group, as was the case in front of
the Depr.rtment of Justice at the time of
the moratorium last November, and as
was the case at Dupont Circle and before
the South Vietnamese Embarsy, that is
what the television cameras will focus
on, that is what will get the attention,
and that ls what will create the wrong
So I say t.o these young people that I
hope they, as citizens, will conduct themselves
in a proper manner. U they do so.
1t will be to their own and to lhe Republic's
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 46 , Folder 17, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.
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