Our Responsibilities

The inaugural address of President Roosevelt has been read with interest in all parts of the world, an interest which attaches not so much to the immediate occasion as to the fact that the ideals of a great and free nation are necessarily expressed at such a time. In referring to present conditions Mr. Roosevelt said,—

"Never before have men tried so vast and formidable an experiment as that of administering the affairs of a continent under the forms of a democratic republic.... Upon the success of our experiment much depends; not only as regards our own welfare, but as regards the welfare of mankind. If we fail, the cause of free self-government throughout the world will rock to its foundations; and, therefore, our responsibility is heavy, to ourselves, to the world as it is to-day, and to the generations yet unborn.

Letters to our Leader
March 18, 1905

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