EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
Stewart, John A.
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Some general comments on natural law; that the laws of growth and decay are inevitable. The speaker's finding that the project to organize a League of nations to enforce peace some elements which seem to exist in contravention of the operation of natural law. The speaker's initial commendation of the League of Nations to enforce peace, but a belief that the only practicable League of nations possible of organization and permanent maintenance is that between the American Republic and the commonwealth of Great Britain. Reasons for that belief. The Anglo-Saxon idea. The nature of the Germans. The time coming when in this world two ideas will obtain; one held in the Anglo-Saxon mind, and the other the idea held east of Berlin. The inability of this world for these two ideas to exist side by side without antagonism. Attempting to define "League" and its nature. Facing the future as English-speaking Britishers. The importance of America and Britain standing together. Furthering the ends of friendship between America and Canada, and through Canada with Great Britain. Words from Theodore Roosevelt on this subject. A personal anecdote from the speaker's experiences with Roosevelt. What the Germans and their allies did before American went into the war, and what they did, beginning with 1907, as nothing compared with what they are trying to do today. A review of current events in this regard. Ways in which friendship may be cultivated. Canadians going to America as prophets and teachers, and Americans coming to Canada; Americans going to Britain, and the British coming to America. This exchange to be done on a large scale. Bringing together hundreds and thousands of Americans, of Canadians, of citizens of Great Britain into friendly association so that they may know how superficial are the differences which divide them. Activities to this end in the United States. Celebrating the Tercentenary of the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620 on the coast of Plymouth. Remembering that moment in history. The need today for a consciousness of race, a consciousness of what the democracy of the English-speaking world means, a consciousness of the things which we have done, a consciousness of the things for which we stand, a consciousness of the cause underlying all the democracy of the English-speaking nations. The foundation of the League of Nations not to enforce peace, but to give peace the most workable directing, in the sense of obligation which enters today into everything we do in a governmental way. Achievements of the English-speaking world.