PETER MCWILLIAMS MEMORIAL SPEECH

by Julian Heicklen

Tannersville, PA

October 21, 2000

Eleven score and four years ago our forebearers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that there are certain unalienable rights; that among these are the right to be left alone. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. Many of its victims are among us. We have come to dedicate our lives to see that the dream shall become reality. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do so. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it must never forget the indignities and suffering that Peter McWilliams endured. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which Peter has thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us­that from these horrors we take increased devotion to that cause for which Peter suffered so much­that we here highly resolve that he shall not have suffered in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

We are engaged in a struggle for the soul of America. It is wrong for the government to lie to us about drugs. It is wrong for teachers to lie to our children about the dangers of drugs. It is disgusting that the government pushes drugs on children by criminalizing drugs and promoting a black market. It is abhorrent that the police search without warrants and seize our property without due process of law. It is against God's commandment for children to inform on their parents. It is unconscionable to torture the sick. It is immoral to arrest anyone for owning a vegetable. It is a sin against God to take babies away from their mothers.

I am angry about these abuses. That is why I am the Libertarian Party candidate for attorney general of PA. What is morally necessary must be made politically possible. The issue is not marijuana. Marijuana is the messenger, not the message. The issue is whether we are going to live in freedom or under tyranny. We say choose freedom.

Many politicians make promises, but fail to keep them. I mean what I say. I do not use illicit drugs recreationally. However I am so opposed to the war on drugs that I have smoked a marijuana cigarette every Thursday at noon for the last 2-1/2 years in front of the main gates of PSU and announce what I am doing on a bullhorn. I have been arrested six times for publicly smoking marijuana. Once Diane Fornbacher and I were arrested for using a bullhorn at a political rally. As a result, Judge Kistler declared the municipal bullhorn ordinance unconstitutional and dismissed our case. We sued the Borough of State College and were given $8,000 in an out-of-court settlement. I have been arrested twice for distributing campaign literature in front of a Wal-Mart store and held on $75,000 bail. Judge Kistler dismissed those cases also. Twice I was found in contempt of court, because I requested indictment by a grand jury.

I have been arrested 15 times and incarcerated 5 times in the last 2-1/2 years. Based on arrest record, I am the number one criminal in the U. S. I am the most dangerous man in the U. S., because I intend to restore the Bill of Rights, stop prosecution of consensual acts involving mentally-competent adults, reduce the prison population, and reform the prisons. But I need your help and your vote.