Henry Cabot Lodge: Speech Opposing the League of Nations

(1919)

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Mr. President, all people, men and women alike, who are capable of connected thought abhor war and desire nothing so much as to make secure the future peace of the world.… We ought to lay aside once and for all the unfounded and really evil suggestion that because men differ as to the best method of securing the world’s peace in the future, anyone is against permanent peace, if it can be obtained, among all the nations of mankind.… We all earnestly desire to advance toward the preservation of the world’s peace, and difference in method makes no distinction in purpose.… No question has ever confronted the United States Senate which equals in importance that which is involved in the league of nations intended to secure the future peace of the world. There should be no undue haste in considering it. My one desire is that not only the Senate, which is charged with responsibility, but that the press and the people of the country should investigate every proposal with the...

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Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. (Library of Congress)

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