in New York training with gas-pipe guns! What a triumph for statecraft! What strategy!
"These are the conditions under which there has been created in the country a war psychosis, misled by cries of 'Stop Hitler Now!' and 'Defend America by Aiding the Allies'. We had nothing to stop Hitler with. We do not believe that an invasion of the United States by Hitler is among the imminent possibilities. . . . Nor do we believe that fifty or sixty destroyers from the U. S. Navy would save the British Empire. . . . Let us jealously mind our own defense in the great manner of a great people, resolved to be let alone. . . .
"Who is going to put the German thing back? The British? They are not able. Shall we do it? Unless we are willing to go to Europe and destroy it there, we may as well make up our minds now that we shall have to live in the same world with it, maybe for a long time, whether we like it or not.(6)
"None the less, for that reason, only all the more, we should, we must create on this continent the incomparable power of defense. After that we shall see. For after that we shall be again as we once were, safe and free and dangerous."
The president is not a god, an autocrat, nor a dictator. He is the servant of our republic, the creature of every democratic voter.
We voters have made him president. We have given him power. Our elected representatives have delegated to him some of their powers. Let's not worship a myth. Let's strip away the fake and see our public servants and candidates as they are.
While yet there is time to think, let's be men and vote for men. September 6, 1940