How far had he walked? What hour was it? There was no human figure near him nor any sound borne to him over the air. All the vital rights of minorities and of individuals are so plainly assured to them by affirmations and negations, guaranties and prohibitions, in the Constitution that controversies never arise concerning them. But the stakes for America are never small. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake, and perhaps as long as eternity too.