Prussianized Germany: Americans of Foreign Descent and America's Cause

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Union League Club, 1917 - 21 páginas

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Página 9 - ... the teaching and the leadership of the apostles of an outlaw creed shall have become discredited and hateful in the sight of the German people; until that people shall have awakened to a consciousness of the unfathomable guilt of those whom they have followed into calamity and shame; until a mood of penitence and of a decent respect for the opinions of mankind shall have supplanted the sway of what President Wilson has so trenchantly termed "truculence and treachery.
Página 12 - And when this war broke out in Europe I knew that the issue had been joined between the powers of brutal might and insensate ambition on the one side and the forces of humanity and liberty on the other; between darkness and light. Many there were at that time — and amongst...
Página 5 - ... the public mind. I have watched it proceed with relentless persistency and profound cunning to instill into the nation the demoniacal obsession of power-worship and world-dominion, to modify and pervert the mentality — indeed the very fibre and moral substance — of the German people, a people which until misled, corrupted and systematically...
Página 6 - GERMANY found cunning to instill into the nation the demoniacal obsession of power-worship and world-dominion, to modify and pervert the mentality — indeed the very fibre and moral substance — of the German people, a people which until misled, corrupted and systematically poisoned by the Prussian ruling caste, was and deserved to be an honored, valued and welcome member of the family of nations. I have hated...
Página 11 - ... lead Germany back into the family of nations from which it is now an outcast. From each successive visit to Germany for twenty-five years I came away more appalled by the sinister transmutation Prussianism had wrought amongst the people and by the portentous menace I recognized in it for the entire world. It had given to Germany unparalleled prosperity, beneficent and advanced social legislation, and not a few other things of value, but it had taken in payment the soul of the race. It had made...
Página 8 - ... degree of guilt as between the German people and their Prussian or Prussianized rulers and leaders for the monstrous crime of this war and the atrocious barbarism of its conduct is the difference between the man who, acting under the influence of a poisonous drug, runs amuck in mad frenzy and the unspeakable malefactor who administered that drug, well knowing and fully intending the ghastly consequences which were bound to follow.
Página 6 - ... modify and pervert the mentality — indeed the very fibre and moral substance— of the German people, a people which until misled, corrupted and systematically poisoned by the Prussian ruling caste, was and deserved to be, an honored, valued, and welcome member of the family of nations. I have hated that spirit ever since it came within my ken many years ago; hated it all the more as I saw it ruthlessly pulling down a thing which was dear to me — the old Germany to which I was linked by ties...
Página 17 - We are your fellow citizens because you accepted our oath of allegiance as given in good faith, and because you have opened to us in generous trust the portals of American opportunity and freedom, and have admitted us to membership in the family of Americans, giving us equal rights in the great inheritance which has been created by the blood and the toil of your ancestors, asking nothing from us in return but decent citizenship and adherence to those [15] PRUSSIANIZED GERMANY ideals and principles...
Página 5 - SPEAK as one who has seen the spirit of the Prussian governing class at work from close by, having at its disposal and using to the full practically every agency for moulding the public mind. I have watched it proceed with relentless persistency and...
Página 18 - ... have admitted us to membership in the family of Americans, giving us equal rights in the great inheritance which has been created by the blood and the toil of your ancestors, asking nothing from us in return but decent citizenship and adherence to those ideals and principles which are symbolized by the glorious flag of America. Woe to the foreign-born American who betrays the splendid trust which you have reposed in him! Woe to him who considers his American citizenship merely as a convenient...

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