Attempts to Colligate the preceding ob-
servations: Restating the nature of our
Political Heritage; Listing some Threat-
ening Portents; and Lamenting the in-
ability of the Pollsters as pollsters to give
IT IS A FAILING of Americans to take their political heritage for granted—at any rate, so long as there is no suffering from the slings and arrows of a contrary fortune. Free governments do not call upon their people to beat drums and chant a creed. For the most part we reflect on our liberties only when we believe them to be threatened, and we fail to ponder our political way of life save when things are going badly.
Our heritage goes back of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. The men and women who settled America sought to escape from arbitrary power and to obtain religious and political freedom. Their adventure made an impact on all subsequent political thought and action. Man could seek freedom. In a new land he could strive to make real the principle that Colonel Rainboro stated in the Cromwellian Army Debates: "I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live as the richest he." In America a man's life could be his own, not to be managed or controlled