Recognition of belligerency as an expression of sympathy is all very well.
I would rather see the United States respected than loved by other nations.
We should never suffer Cuba to pass from the hands of Spain to any other European power.
We would not have our politics distracted and embittered by the dissensions of other lands.
True Americanism is opposed utterly to any political divisions resting on race and religion.
Our ideal of the future is that she should continue to render that service of her own free will.
True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us.
For we, too, have our ideals, even if we differ from those who have tried to establish a monopoly of idealism.
The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.