Law Vs. Lawlessness: Addresses Delivered at the Citizenship Conference, Washington, D. C., October 13, 14, 15, 1923

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Fred Burton Smith
Fleming H. Revell Company, 1924 - 186 psl.

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138 psl. - THE SPIRES OF OXFORD I saw the spires of Oxford As I was passing by, The gray spires of Oxford Against a pearl-gray sky. My heart was with the Oxford men Who went abroad to die. The years go fast in Oxford, The golden years and gay, The hoary colleges look down On careless boys at play, But when the bugles sounded war They put their games away. They left the peaceful...
95 psl. - This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them : and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
168 psl. - The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism, but the theory of necessity on which it is based is...
138 psl. - They left the peaceful river, The cricket field, the quad, The shaven lawns of Oxford. To seek a bloody sod. They gave their merry youth away, For Country and for God. God rest you happy, Gentlemen, Who laid your good lives down, Who took the khaki and the gun Instead of cap and gown. God bring you to a fairer place Than even Oxford Town.
181 psl. - We need the simplicity, the directness, and the self -surrender of the old. We need to preach the creed of Washington, Jefferson, Jackson and Lincoln with a tongue of fire throughout the land. We need to have constitutional morality declared as was the gospel of old to the high and to the low, for against this neither " things present nor things to come shall prevail.
181 psl. - Without it we cannot hope for happiness and prosperity at home or prestige and power abroad. We have arrived at the time when we can afford to, when indeed we must, invoke the old virtues, appeal again to the simple precepts of government, and make obedience to law a cardinal tenet of our political faith. We do not need a new faith. We need the simplicity, the directness, and the self -surrender of the old.
176 psl. - It feeds lawlessness as the poison of the swamp gives the germs of disease. It is a libel on the whole theory of the American Union. It is an indictment of the whole superb scheme of 1789. There is a well-organized movement in this country against a class of people who, it is said, are unfriendly to our form of government and our Constitution, a class of people who are designated as Reds and radicals. Those who are uneasy about the rights of property as guaranteed by the Constitution are greatly...
180 psl. - ... persons, safe in their workshops and homes, who would like to feel that justice can be administered and laws enforced, and that the provisions of our Constitution which protect property are no more sacred than the provisions which protect human rights and moral values. What shall it profit that leaders have planned and patriots have striven and sacrificed through all these years if we have come at last to the fearful, accursed creed that constitutions are to be disregarded, laws to be evaded...
169 psl. - ... beg leave, therefore, to refer to it for a moment. May I read it to you ? " Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
178 psl. - The hotbed, the scouting, noisy rendezvous of lawlessness, of cynical defiance to the Eighteenth Amendment, is among those of social standing, of large property interests, and in the wealthier homes. Without their patronage, their protection, and their example, the bootlegger could easily be brought within the control of the law. I...

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