question of truly democratic and representative government." ( David Lawrence)

"We declare it to be an unwritten law of this republic that no man shall be eligible for a third term of the Presidential office." This from "the Democratic national platform of 1896" was the basis on which "Joseph Ferreira, a New Bedford attorney, petitioned the Supreme Judicial Court for a restraining order to bar the name of President Roosevelt from the ballot in Massachusetts". In his brief, he claimed that it would violate the "unwritten law", the established "usages and customs of the American people".

(10)
This note from his First Inaugural Address contrasts with Mr. Roosevelt's present attitude. As a contributor to Unity, July 1, 1940, says, "The President is crying 'fire' in a crowded theatre, with the fire still many blocks away".
(11)
Events since February 26 have justified the article in the Chicago Daily Tribune of that date under the headline "President Sets Cap for Role of Peace Arbiter: Eyes Third Term as Means to End", which began, "PresidentRoosevelt, it was learned today, has bared to several Democratic officials the ambition to become the pacificator of Europe and Asia either as President of the United States or as the appointee of his successor to represent America in the peace conference that will end the war. . . . Unless the United States enters the war, Mr. Roosevelt cannot be assured of a hand in the peace. . . . Mr. Roosevelt can look forward to a place at the peace conference, provided he or a President of his choice occupies the White House at the time."

DICTATORSHIP TODAY

The President, a great humanitarian, desirous of bringing about 'orderly processes everywhere', is unconsciously preparing the way for a dictator. He doesn't know he wants to be a dictator, nor do most of us know he is. It is a question if Mussolini meant to be. But that is unimportant. The way of the transgressor is hard. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, Dr. Johnson told us. My Presbyterian forbears taught me the pavement was skulls of innocents.

And Webster reminds us, "Good intentions do really sometimes exist when constitutional restraints are disregarded. There are men in all ages who mean to exercise power usefully; but who mean to exercise it. They mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters. They think there need be little restraint upon themselves. Their notion of the public interest is apt to be quite closely connected with their own exercise of authority. They may not always understand their own motives."(1)

What with shifting our frontier from The Channel to Dong Dang and points west and east, what with 'dedicating' the long finished,

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