Dishonor Before Death
January 1, 1952 — Spokane Daily Chronicle

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On Dec. 29, 1951, former President Herbert Hoover gave a cautionary speech on the state of the nation in Massachusetts. The speech inspired this Spokane, Washington newspaper to publish a solemn New Year’s editorial.

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Over and over again in history nations have gone into disintegration because they lost their sense of honor. Why should we think we shall be an exception?

Herbert Hoover, speaking on a forum program in Boston Saturday, warned his countrymen that unless dishonesty in government is stamped out “to the last official concerned” the United States would decline and fall like the great republics of the past.

It makes little difference who might have made that statement; it is inescapable truth. No argument is needed, just the plain facts of history. Go and read them. See how Egypt and Chaldea and Greece and Rome rose to glory, compromised with sensuality and dishonor, and fell back into dust. It would be folly to assume that we are an exception in the courts of destiny.

Exposes of recent months have shown a shocking number of trusted officials to be without honor. That is a challenge which America cannot ignore.

The Tyranny of Words — Bruce Barton on Aggression (1951)
The Tyranny of Words — Bruce Barton on Aggression (1951)


Related links:

The Unpardonable Sin | The Town Journal magazine, Jan. 1954 editorial

Will History Repeat? | The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1952 letter)

Put Up or Shut Up | December 14, 1951 editorial re: Tilford Dudley

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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