Elements of Weakness in our Republic. BY CLARA L. GUILD.
We are not pessimists. We do not concentrate our attention upon the dark side of things. If there are clouds in the sky, while yet the sun shines, we are able to recognize the shining of the sun, notwithstanding the presence of the clouds. But must not wise persons recognize the clouds also, and be instructed, warned, directed by their suggestions?
Every year we are assured by our patriotic orators that we have the happiest land on earth and the best government the world has ever seen. These things they say truly: but are there not other things and different things to be said, which are also true? Our Republic has unmatched elements of strength; has it not also threatening elements of weakness? Let us see.
Our government, when founded, was based upon the great principle, that all men are created free and equal. The idea of liberty was dominant in the minds of the framers of our Constitution, for the colonists had suffered