There are some national questions in the solution of which patriotism should exclude partisanship. He claims that now the government's and the nation's job is to cleanse and correct the evils brought about by the heedlessness of the country's industrialization. But we were very heedless and in a hurry to be great. We may even be drawn on, by circumstances, not by our own purpose or desire, to a more active assertion of our rights as we see them and a more immediate association with the great struggle itself. We should not permit our great prosperity to lead us to reckless ventures in business or profligacy in public expenditures.
The war inevitably set its mark from the first alike upon our minds, our industries, our commerce, our politics and our social action. To them full protection will be given. We are being forged into a new unity amidst the fires that now blaze throughout the world. The thing I shall count upon, the thing without which neithercounsel nor action will avail, is the unity of America--an America unitedin feeling, in purpose and in its vision of duty, of opportunity and ofservice. We know our task to be no mere task of politics but a task which shall search us through and through, whether we be able to understand our time and the need of our people, whether we be indeed their spokesmen and interpreters, whether we have the pure heart to comprehend and the rectified will to choose our high course of action.
We see that in many things that life is very great. There can be no turning back. But nothing will alter our thought or our purpose. It has now been completed. Sanitary laws, pure food laws, and laws determining conditions of labor which individuals are powerless to determine for themselves are intimate parts of the very business of justice and legal efficiency. President Wilson's second address was intended to persuade the country to be supportive of the war.
Link, Wilson: The New Freedom 1956 ; John Milton Cooper, Jr. There can be no turning back. The great Government we loved has too often been made use of for private and selfish purposes, and those who used it had forgotten the people. I realize to the full the responsibility which it involves. Upon this as a platform of purpose and of action we can stand together. We will not leave the destiny of the loyal millions the islands to the disloyal thousands who are in rebellion against the United States.
It began two years ago, when the House of Representatives became Democratic by a decisive majority. With this vision we approach new affairs. We have been obliged to arm ourselves to make good our claim to a certain minimum of right and of freedom of action. The Governor of New Jersey and former Princeton University president was accompanied by President Taft to the Capitol. It is a record of singular variety and singular distinction. And yet all the while we have been conscious that we were not part of it.
It is great, also, very great, in its moral force. First Presidential Inauguration of Woodrow Wilson Date March 4, 1913 ; 105 years ago 1913-03-04 Location Participants President Vice President The first inauguration of Woodrow Wilson as the was held on Tuesday, March 4, 1913, at the east portico of the in. It is in this spirit and with this thought that we have grown more and more aware, more and more certain that the part we wished to play was the part of those who mean to vindicate and fortify peace. The result was signally favorable to American arms and in the highest degree honorable to the Government. The great Government we loved has too often been made use of for private and selfish purposes, and those who used it had forgotten the people. It has been hard to preserve calm counsel while the thought of our own people swayed this way and that under their influence. As some of the injuries done us have become intolerable we have still been clear that we wished nothing for ourselves that we were not ready to demand for all mankind—fair dealing, justice, the freedom to live and to be at ease against organized wrong.
We are provincials no longer. Force will not be needed or used when those who make war against us shall make it no more. We always professed unselfish purpose and we covet the opportunity to prove our professions are sincere. Transcript My Fellow Citizens: The four years which have elapsed since last I stood in this place havebeen crowded with counsel and action of the most vital interest and consequence. The scales of heedlessness have fallen from our eyes. Although we have centred counsel and action with such unusual concentration and success upon the great problems of domestic legislation to which we addressed ourselves four years ago, other matters have more and more forced themselves upon our attention - matters lying outside our own life as a nation and over which we had no control, but which, despite our wish to keep free of them, have drawn us more and more irresistibly into their own current and influence. The offices of President and Vice-President have been put into the hands of Democrats.
We are of the blood of all the nations that are at war. We have sought very thoughtfully to set our house in order, correct the grosser errors and abuses of our industrial life, liberate and quicken the processes of our national genius and energy, and lift our politics to a broader view of the people's essential interests. The war inevitably set its mark from the first alike upon our minds, our industries, our commerce, our politics and our social action. Nor have we studied and perfected the means by which government may be put at the service of humanity, in safeguarding the health of the Nation, the health of its men and its women and its children, as well as their rights in the struggle for existence. We desire neither conquest nor advantage.
I am their servantand can succeed only as they sustain and guide me by their confidence andtheir counsel. It is not specific medical advice for any individual. Then, just as Roosevelt had discovered Croly, Wilson met Louis Brandeis, who helped the presidential candidate put his ideas into a coherent form. Date March 5, 1917 ; 101 years ago 1917-03-05 Location Participants President Vice President The second inauguration of Woodrow Wilson as was held privately on Sunday, March 4, 1917, and publicly on Monday, March 5, 1917, at the east portico of the in. And it is imperative that we should stand together. The tragic events of the thirty months of vital turmoil through which we have just passed have made us citizens of the world. We have sought verythoughtfully to set our house in order, correct the grosser errors andabuses of our industrial life, liberate and quicken the processes of ournational genius and energy, and lift our politics to a broader view ofthe people's essential interests.
God helping me, I will not fail them, if they will but counsel and sustain me! I need not argue these principles to you, my fellow countrymen; they are your own part and parcel of your own thinking and your own motives in affairs. We remembered well enough that we had set up a policy which was meant to serve the humblest as well as the most powerful, with an eye single to the standards of justice and fair play, and remembered it with pride. There can be no equality or opportunity, the first essential of justicein the body politic, if men and women and children be not shielded in theirlives, their very vitality, from the consequences of great industrial andsocial processes which they can not alter, control, or singly cope with. Some old things with whichwe had grown familiar, and which had begun to creep into the very habitof our thought and of our lives, have altered their aspect as we have latterlylooked critically upon them, with fresh, awakened eyes; have dropped theirdisguises and shown themselves alien and sinister. It seeks to use it to interpret a change in its own plans and point of view.