UiPILLARS of Freedom
l\ . (',. Vollmer, President, The Texas & Pacific Railway Company
It was nothing of the sort.
We were at war, whether we wanted
lee call it lhat or not. Approximately
60,000 casualties in the first ten months
of that war attested the fact.
When the smoke of the conflict clears
away, and it cannot be considered
cleared away while Red China continues
to shoot down our airmen, either the
free people of the world or the Communisls will emerge victorious.
ll now is self-evident, if it has not
always been, that democracy and communism cannot exist side by side.
Democracy is founded upon faith in
God, in the dignity of man and upon the
concept that the government is the servant of the people, not their master.
Communism is founded upon atheism,
strife, fear, tyranny and the philosophy
lhat the government is the supreme
master of the people.
Thus, the principles upon which democracy and communism are founded
are as far apart as love and hate, or as
good and evil.
Since the cause of freedom is founded
upon justice and righteousness, we anil
the other free people of the world are
invincible if we unite in purpose and in
I say this because we have the know-
how and the productive capacity to turn
out the goods and services essential lo
the preservation of freedom.
Bul it's going to take more than
money and machines and know-how to
win. It's going to take the will and thc
courage to WORK, to SAVE, to VOTE
and to PRAY.
In the midst of our dilemma, here
are four basic points upon which I feel
all of us can unite.
I call these four points "The Four
Pillars of Freedom" because no matter
how great our trials and tribulations
may become, we eem preserve our freedom if we have the will and courage to
WOliK, SAVE, VOTE and PRAY.
FACTS FORUM NEWS, October, 1955
I realize there are other importanl
pillars of freedom, but I have suggested
these four because they are basic, and
because each of us can have a part in
giving them life and meaning.
First, there is WORK. Ever since the
dawn of history, man has had to work
in order to survive.
There is no way to supply our needs
and protect our freedom except hy work.
Nature has a way of balancing the
books of life. If we work wisely and
efficiently, we produce abundantly the
goods and services essential to better
If we work poorly, or not at all, we
live poorly or not at all.
The reason we in America live bet-
ter than any other people of the world
is because we have developed to a high
degree the tools of production and the
technique of using them.
There are any number of countries
in the world equally as rich in human
and natural resources as the I nited
Slates. The thing that makes the difference between abundance and poverty is
the wise and the efficient use of tools.
Approximately 95 per cent of our
productive energy is provided by tools.
Onlv 5 per cenl represents animal and
In the countries where famines and
starvation stalk the people all the days
of their lives, the energy percentage of
productivity is just the reverse.
There's a vital relationship between
the abundant life and these energy-
producing percentages. The higher the
percentage of tool energy, the belter
people live; the lower the percentage,
the poorer they live.
In our fight against inflation, the
only sound way lo overcome it is to increase our production. The fundamental
law of supply and demand cannot be
changed by governmental decrees. Increased production is the real antidote
Ibis brings me lo the next point of
"The Four Pillars of Freedom." SAVE.
How did we come to have the great
mass of energy-producing tools? By
saving. Pasl thrift is one of the principal
reasons why America is strong today.
Millions of people, young and old, rich
and poor, saved part of their income
instead of spending it as they earned it.
Then they invested their savings in factories, machines, mines, oil fields and
These savings made possible our
gnat productive capacity and thus the
greal outpouring of goods and services
which we, in America, enjoy today.
These savings made possible the bulwark of our defense against communism.
Each American worker is now supported by machinery — that is, tbe
tools of production — which cost an
average of more than ten thousand dollars per worker.
In lhe railroad industry, lhe investment averages $21,000 per worker.
\\ hal was il that encouraged the
American people to save a portion of
their earnings instead of spending all
11 was the freedom to enjoy the fruits
of their labors. The right to have and
to hold what they earned and saved.
If we should ever lose that right,
then savings will dry up and there will
be no private money to provide the
tools of production.
Of course, our government could provide the tools, as is done in communistic countries. But then the people
would be ordered to "invest" a portion
of their earnings in government bonds.
And thai is one of the things we are
fighting to prevent.
Tin need to save does not rest alone
with the individual.
The government should set an example of thrift by abandoning non-essential expenditures. The various so-