RCC Honors History Project

Henry Cabot Lodge on the League of Nations, 12 August 1919

Posted by meluleki on December 30, 2008

There is every reason to celebrate and be proud of the achievements that America has undergone. In this case Henry Cabot makes a proud statement that shows how much he admires America, despite the wrong that she has done in the past. He makes it clear that he is aware of the name calling of America by other nations and addresses the issue in a way that is not that decent at all, he suggests, “You may call me selfish if you will, conservative or reactionary, or use any other harsh adjective you see fit to apply, but an American I was born, an American I have remained all my life. I can never be anything else but an American, and I must think of the United States first, and when I think of the United States first in an arrangement like this I am thinking of what is best for the world, for if the United States fails, the best hopes of mankind fail with it.”This a very direct and broad statement that anyone could make to udermine other nations as if they do not exist only America does. Basically he is making a point that America is a representative of the world and if it fails the world goes down too. I believe its a good thing to be patriotic but its another to undermine other nations as if we do not need them at all. A close example is the issue of oil, America does not produce enough oil to supply the whole nation , of which the rest hash to be imported. This is a distinction between just rhetoric and facts. It is very crucial to watch our tone especially when dealing with issues partaining to foreign relations. It is a field that need expects to rally on , not anyone who has something to say. He also goes back to praisng America, ” Our first ideal is our country, and we see her in the future, as in the past, giving service to all her people and to the world. Our ideal of the future is that she should continue to render that service of her own free will. She has great problems of her own to solve, very grim and perilous problems, and a right solution, if we can attain to it, would largely benefit mankind”, i do not even gather why Mr Cabot should undermine other nations and later want to give a service to them. This is a typical politician who would say anything to make people happy and do the other.

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