THE YEAR 1940 UNFOLDED IN SHROUDS of pessimism. But a faith reached out and took hold of us--a belief in America. We had not found satisfactory solutions to our problems but one great truth emerged. We knew without a doubt that our democracy offered individual freedom and opportunity--a way of life incomparably beyond anything that other systems of government had offered. Hitler had shown us the evils of dictatorship; Russia, the afflictions of communism. And between these, democracy shone with a new brilliance. Life was free and secure. We were deeply blessed by Providence.
But our way of life allowed full freedom for all the orneriness in human nature. We had pettiness in officials, crookedness in local governments, a reluctance on the part of everyone to jump into our defense requirements. Enlistments in the Army lagged, business refused to expand for greater production, and labor racketeers fattened on the confusion of bureaucracy.
Never had life dangled so much opportunity within reach