Excerpt From An Evolution In Politics Even Before The Discovery Of America Men Had Dreamed That Sometime A New World Would Be Found Beyond The Western Ocean, In Which The Most Significant Acts In The Great Human Drama Should Be Staged After The Founding Of The Colonies Along The Atlantic Seaboard, And Especially After The Pulses Of A Nascent National Life Were Felt, The Ancient Prophecies Became Very Definitely The Inspiration Of The Loftiest Conceptions Touching The Destiny Of America In 1784 Dr Richard Price Only Voiced The Quite Prevalent Opinion Among Earnest And Thoughtful Men When He Declared That The Era Opened By The Accomplishment Of American Independence Would Witness A General Diffusion Of The Principles Of Humanity This Idea, Which Has Been A Frequent Theme Of The Greatest And Sincerest Of Our Patriots And Statesmen, Found Fitting Expression About A Year Ago In These Words Of The Illustrious Present Chief Executive Of The Nation America Has A Great Cause Which Is Not Confined To The American Continent It Is A Cause Of Humanity Itself In The Attempt To Realize This Destiny The American People, Under The Leadership Of George Washington, Threw Off The Yoke Of Foreign Rule Under The Guidance Of Abraham Lincoln They Abolished An Institution That Held A Deeper Bondage For The White Man S Soul Than For The Black Man S Body And Now, Under The Captaincy Of Woodrow Wilson, They Have Begun The Overthrow Of Privilege, The Equalization Of Opportunity, And The Political And Industrial Enfranchisement Of The Average Man Splendid As Were The First Two Struggles Mentioned, It Is Obvious That The Third, If It Be Equally Successful, Must Prove The Most Splendid Of All It Will Be Waged With Different Weapons And Will Extend Over An Incomparably Longer Period, But Its Ultimate Success Will Be The Consummation Of The Others Marking, Indeed, The Goal Of All The Struggles In The Progress Of Mankind Since Social Evolution Began It Is The Crowning Glory Of The Democratic Party To Be The Chosen Instrument Of This New Freedom The Party Has Returned To Its Pristine Allegiance To The Cause Of The Many Against The Few Beginning, Under Its Great Founder, Thomas Jefferson, As The Champion Of That Cause, It Gradually Succumbed To The Inevitable Temptations Of Power Until, By 1860, It Had Become The Tool Of The Most Concentrated And Aggressive Special Interest Of That Age, The Institution Of Human Slavery Swept From Office, In A Great Moral Revolution, By The Party Of Lincoln, Which Consciously Adopted The Principles As It Also Revived The Original Name Of The Party Of Jefferson, The Party Of Democracy, Purified By Exile And Abstinence, And Panoplied In The Consecrated Armor Of A New Crusade, Began In 1912 The Task Of Expelling The Legions Of Privilege Which The Republican Party Had Entrenched In Every Stronghold Of The Government This Task Has Now Been Partially Performed And The Party Is About To Seek From The People A Mandate For The Continuance Of The Work But Before I Invite Your Scrutiny Of A Few Of The Principal Items In This Achievement Let Me Ask You To Take Note Of The Fact That The Case Presented Is Not The Ordinary One Of The Successes Of A Party In Writing Certain Laws Upon The Statute Books Here Is No Victory Of An Organized Opportunism.
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- An Evolution in Politics
- Charles A. Towne
- 08 April 2017 Charles A. Towne