American Institutions and Their Preservation

American Institutions and Their Preservation

American Institutions and Their Preservation

American Institutions and Their Preservation

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Men differ as to the principal mischiefs in the state. Some think materialism is ruining the country and yet admit the war of the Rebellion and the World War showed extraordinary courage and patriotism. Others fear class interests and yet acknowledge we have always had them. Others dread Catholicism and organize the Ku Klux Klan against it, and yet they should know that that church like other churches in modern times loses ground and has difficulty in holding its own everywhere. Others denounce the Jews, yet are surprised to learn that nearly all of them are found in or about New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Chicago. Others denounce capitalism as governing the country and subjecting all other classes to a bare subsistence, yet they admit that never were comforts so widely diffused as now and that the captains of industry spring from the ranks and that inherited wealth soon takes wings and flies away. Others say the American stock is becoming depleted but admit it still controls the country and has tremendous vitality. Others claim that ethics are declining and yet recognize the fact that political life is improving and business methods are fairer and private life on the whole is of high standard. Others point to the invading hosts of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe as overwhelming the old American stock. Here we must pause and admit the danger.

After all, the character of the American people now and hereafter will determine whether each and all of these dangers can be met and overcome.

A far deeper mystery is involved. Every nation seems to have some mission to perform; some part to play in the history . . .

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