The Citadel of the City’s Safety is Fire Headquarters; “Public Service is the Highest of Civic Virtues.” “Come, let us take counsel together.”
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Do the day’s work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a standpatter, but don’t be a standpatter. Expect to be called a demagogue, but don’t be a demagogue. Don’t hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don’t hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Don’t hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation.
We need a broader, firmer, deeper faith in the people, a faith that men desire to do right, that the commonwealth is founded upon a righteousness which will endure, a reconstructed faith that the final approval of the people is given, not to demagogues, slavishly pandering to their Selfishness, but to Statesmen, ministering to their welfare, representing their deep, silent, abiding convictions.
Recognize the immortal worth and dignity of man. Let the laws proclaim to the humblest citizen, performing the most menial task, the recognition of his manhood, the recognition that all men are peers, the humblest with the most exalted, the recognition that all work is glorified. Such is the path to equality before the law. Such is the foundation of liberty under the law. Such is the sublime revelation of man’s relation to man —democracy. —Calvin Coolidge.
Loyalty to country is the highest conception of man. . . Far above any flickering light or battle-lantern of agitators is the everlasting sun of truth, in zvhose beams are displayed the real duties of men. —Charles Sumner.
As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the constitution and laws let every American pledge his life, his property and his sacred honor.