How to Keep Our Liberty: A Program for Political Action

How to Keep Our Liberty: A Program for Political Action

How to Keep Our Liberty: A Program for Political Action

How to Keep Our Liberty: A Program for Political Action

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"Individualities may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation." This was a comment by Benjamin Disraeli a century ago when he was beginning the task of building the Conservative Party, a party that still lives a lusty, constructive life. The institutions to which Disraeli referred were the Crown, the House of Commons, the Lords Temporal and Spiritual, and the Empire. Behind each of these institutions were ageless principles. These institutions cemented the loyalty of the people--loyalty to the principles of unity symbolized by the Crown, popular rule in the Commons, distinction in the Lords Temporal, morality and religion in the Church, and world influence in the Empire.

We Americans have no Crown, no Lords Temporal or Spiritual, and no Empire. Our institutions were created in a vastly shorter period than were England's. But they are nevertheless rooted in the verities of human nature and of human nature in America. They are derived from and are the embodiments of principles long tested and cherished by human beings. We have projected living principles into massive institutions.

These principles which we live by are in part inherited and in part the product of our experience here as a nation.

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