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President’s lofty ideals

08 March 2013

March 7th, 1913.

Dr Thomas Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat and a devout Presbyterian, had been elected to the US Presidency in 1912.

AT HIS installation in office on Tuesday the new President of the United States delivered an inaugural address which reads more like a sermon than the customary deliverance on such occasions. Dr Woodrow Wilson is an idealist, and his speech throughout breathed the loftiest ideals of national regeneration. He deplored the human cost of the nation's great industrial achievements, the heartless hurry to be great, the too frequent use of government as an instrument of evil. "This is not a day of triumph," he exclaimed; "it is a day of dedication. Here muster not the forces of party but the forces of humanity. Men's hearts wait upon us; men's lives hang in the balance; men's hopes call upon us to say what we will do. Who shall live up to the great trust? Who dares fail to try? I summon all honest men, all patriotic, all forward-looking men, to my side. God helping me. I will not fail them if they will but counsel and sustain me." Noble words these, and worthy of a man in that high station. Amid the horrible welter of international jealousies in which we in Europe are involved, the nations vying with each other in the raising of monstrous armaments, the utterance of these lofty sentiments by the ruler of a great State is a call to better things to which it were well if the European Powers gave ear.



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