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Martin Luther King directed at those urging moderation in his "I Have a Dream" speech: "This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
A new hope with promise was echoed and the moment to fight for individual rights was emphasized by deep, meaningful phrases such as "it is not time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism, to rise from the dark to the sunlight path of racial justice, from quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood, make real the promise of democracy."
To adopt the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Weiner's Madison appears to have taken "the tranquilizing drug of gradualism." Madison, then, comes to be characterized by a faith in progress that touts the fatalist and inegalitarian virtue of patience, rather than by a seasoned realism regarding both the value and the dangers of a democratic politics that requires the active virtue of citizen vigilance to maintain liberty and secure justice.