SENATOR TOM CONNALLY, OF TEXAS
To address the Bar Association of the State of Virginia is an honor which arouses my pride and yet depresses my spirit. Conscious of the glorious traditions that attach to the bar and distinguished public characters of Virginia from colonial times, and the large share which they played in the Revolution, in the establishment of the Union, and in the formation and adoption of the Federal Constitution, and that the bar of Virginia has played an illustrious part throughout the subsequent life of the Republic, I cannot repress a sense of inadequacy to meet the expectations of this occasion.
In times of crisis, whether of war or economic stress and dislocation, the legislative power is urged to adopt extraordinary measures either under "the war power" or because of an "emergency." Such was the case among the original States from the Declaration throughout the War of Independence and under the Confederation. Since the establishment of the Federal Government under the Constitution such situations have arisen at various periods of the Republic's history, and, no doubt, will continue to arise so long as organized society may continue. They have, no doubt, called forth the exertions of every great government that ever existed.____________________