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mon ground. They came to have a share
in the "government by the consent of the
governed" that the older stock had es-
tablished. If they had not appreciated to
the full the advantages of the New- World
democracy, they would not have come.
They were ripe for assimilation from the
moment they landed on our shores. The
American immigration of each succeeding
generation, far from threatening to de-
stroy our institutions, has strengthened
them. Through the immigi-ants, indeed,
Americans of older stock have been con-
stantly reminded of their blessings under
the New- World dispensation.

The Monroe Doctrine was established,

and has been constantly upheld, by the

American people. They were unwilling

to have the baneful handicaps because of

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FOR THE WORLD

which they had left the Old World follow
them to the Xew World. Nearly a
century of history has proved the wisdom
and the success of the JNIonroe Doctrine.
The United States has been able to keep
out of entangling alliances, and to pro-
tect every other American republic from
the inevitably disastrous results of the
inlieritance of European racial rivalry
through the extension of European im-
perialism.

To-day Europe is looking to her chil-
dren in America for aid in establishing a
world peace. We are willing, we are
eager, to give that aid; but how can we
offer to Europe any other solution than
that which we have tested and proved
good in the foundation and development
of our own national life, and which we are
making the basic principle of our own
foreign policy? We cannot be convinced
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MONROE DOCTRINE

by the polemicists and partizans of either
group of belhgerents that the panacea for
the world's woes is the destruction of
Great Britain's naval supremacy or of
German's military supremacy. Nor, de-
spite our horror and detestation of what
Jews and Poles and Ai-menians and Bel-
gians and Serbians are being made to
suffer, do we think that the punishment
of and a change in the political status of
Russia, Turkey, Germany, and Austria-
Hungary would prevent the renewal in
the very near futm-e of wrongs inflicted
uj)on small and weak nations. With
President Wilson we propose "govern-
ment by the consent of the governed" as
a formula for the readjustment of the
world.



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