the postal savings system, added ten thousand rural delivery routes
and extensions, thus reaching two and one-half millions additional people,
improved the postal service in every branch, and for the first time in our
history, placed the post office system on a self-supporting basis with actual
surplus in 1913, 1914 and 1916.
The reforms which were most obviously needed to clear away special
privilege, prevent unfair discrimination and release the energies of men
of all ranks and advantages, have been effected by recent legislation.
We must now remove, so far as possible, every remaining element of
unrest and uncertainty from the path of the business men of America
and secure for them a continued period of quiet, assured and confident
The part that the United States will play in the new day of international
relationship which is now upon us will depend upon our preparation and
The Democratic party therefore recognizes the assertion and triumphant
demonstration of the indivisibility and coherent strength of the nation
as the supreme issue of this day in which the whole world faces the crisis
of manifold change.
It summons all men, of whatever origin or creedj who would count themselves Americans, to join in making clear to all the world the unity and
consequent power of America. This is an issue of patriotism. To taint
it with partisanship would be to defile it.
World's Best Gathered Here
In this day of test, America must show itself not a nation of partisans,
but a nation of patriots. There is gathered here in America the best of
the blood, the industry and the genius of the whole world, the elements
of a great race and a magnificent society to be melted into a mighty and
Whoever, actuated by the purpose to promote the interest of a foreign
power, in disregard of our own country's welfare or to injure this government in its foreign relations, or cripple or destroy its industries at home,
and whoever, by arousing prejudices of a racial, religious or other nature,
creates discord and strife among our people, so as to obstruct the whole
process of unification, is faithless to the trust which the privileges of our
citizenship repose in him and disloyal to his country.
We, therefore, condemn as subversive of this nation's unity and integrity
and as destructive of its welfare, the activities and designs of every group
or organization, political or otherwise, that has for its object the advancement of the interest of a foreign power, whether such object is promoted by
intimidating the government, a political party, or representatives of the
people, or which is calculated and tends to divide our people into antagonistic groups and thus to destroy that complete agreement and solidarity of
the people and that unity of sentiment and national purpose so essential
to the perpetuity of the nation and its free institutions.