Defense of neutrality (1916)

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Defense of neutrality (1916) - our Where is the American hardy enough to...
our Where is the American hardy enough to challenge a policy so firmly firmly fixed in the nation's traditions? Is there among us any man bold enough to set his wisdom above that of Washington, his patriotism above that of Hamilton and his Amerfnlsm above that of Jefferson? Is thAre any American so blind to our past, so hostile hostile to our future, that, departing from our policy of neutrality, he would hurl us headlong into the maelstrom maelstrom of the war across the se? The president of the United States stands today where stooa the men who made America and who save! America. He stands wnere John Adam stood, when he , told King George that America was the land he loved and that peace was her grandeur and her welfare. He stands where General Grant stood when he said there never was a war that could not have been settled better borne other way, and he has shown his willingness to try the ways of peace before he seeks the paths of war. He stands where George Washington Washington stood when he frayed that this country would never unsheath the sword except in self defense so long as Justice and our essential rights could be preserved without It. For vain glory or for selfish purpose, purpose, others may cry up a policy of blood and iron, but the president of the United States has acted on the belief that the leader of a nation who plunges his people into an unnecessary war, like Pontius Pilate, vainly washes his hands of Innocent blood while the earth quakes and the heavens heavens are darkened and thousands give up the ghost. Only by standing on this rock of Americanism, against which dashed the waves of conflict, could the president president of the United States, faced by a world in arms, save this country from being drawn Into the whirlpool of disaster. One false step in any direction direction and he would have carried the nation with him over the precipice. This difference,

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  1. The Oregon Daily Journal,
  2. 14 Jun 1916, Wed,
  3. Page 6

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