Professional Patriots

Professional Patriots

Professional Patriots

Professional Patriots

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EXPERIENCE, has crystallized in the saying that in a war the two sides tend to borrow qualities from each other. The World War seems to strengthen that idea. Central Europe, which had been suffering from too much authority, is now on the whole struggling up the rugged and winding path of freedom. Meantime some of the victorious powers seem to be subjecting the individual to more constraint than before the conflict. The business of this volume, however, is with the United States.

If we are threatened with a departure from that confidence in freedom which is illustrated by the declaration of independence, the Virginia statute of religious freedom, the constitution; by the personalities of Jefferson and Lincoln; by such men of our own day as Charles William Eliot and Justices Holmes and Brandeis, why then, the best step to be taken by those who do still believe in freedom is to hold up to the light the exact facts about what is taking place. Jefferson never tired of declaring that if there were opportunity to spread . . .

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