Warning Hint to Mexico In Harding Talk, November 12, 1920



Americans Must Be Safe Everywhere.


Brownsville, Tex., Nov. 11. -- {Special.} -- Senator Harding, standing today in sight of the Mexican border, on the parade ground of Fort Brown, where Gen. Zachary Taylor gathered his troops for his advance on Mexico in 1846, took occasion in his Armistice day address to state that America would protect its citizens "wherever they go on a lawful mission, anywhere under the shining sun."

It is significant that well informed Americans on this side of the river are prophesying just now that a new revolution is fomenting in Mexico and that something may be expected to pop in a few weeks.

Avoids Political Topics.

The celebration today brought out all the population of the lower Rio Grande valley. Mexicans, too, came over in great numbers and the international bridge was thrown open during the day. In his address Senator Harding avoided political topics and discussed the lessons of the war and the lines of development for industrial America.

"Nov. 11 has an abiding significance to America and the world," said the president elect. "For America it sealed our capacity to defend our national rights and stamped our effectiveness in aiding to preserve the established order of world civilization; for the world it marked a new order for humanity, and for all time it warns ambition and madness for power that one man's or [one] people's domination of the world was never designed by God and will [never] be tolerated by mankind.

"The day is especially interesting to [our] own country because without American participation it might have been a later and different date, if, indeed, there had been an armistice at all. We do not claim to have won the war, but we helped mightily, and recorded undying glory to American arms and gave the world a new understanding of the American spirit and a new measure of American resources."

Shows U. S. Unselfishness.

"Whatever the world may have thought of us before, however incorrectly we may have been appraised, the world has come to know that selfishness is not a trait of our national character, that commercialism does not engross us, that neutrality was conceived in fairness -- not in fear -- and that when our national rights are threatened and our nationals are sacrificed, America is resolved to defend, and ever will. More, we gave to humanity an example of unselfishness which it only half appraised before misunderstandings led to confusion.

"We helped to win the war, unaided and unmortgaged. We fought with the allied powers, but we were only an associated power, and were never committed, if fully aware of them, to the compacts of the alliance.

"History will record it correctly, no matter how much beautiful sentiment has beclouded our purposes in the world war. We did not fight to make the world safe for democracy, though we were its best exemplars. Nor did we fight for humanity's sake, no matter how such a cause impelled."

Fought to Become Free.

"Democracy was threatened and humanity was dying long before American indignation called for the republic's defense. But we fought for the one supreme cause which inspires men to offer all for country and the flag, and we fought as becomes a free America, and dropped the hatred and stifled greed when the victory for defense was won.

"We proved anew that here is free and ample America, which does not ask but freely gives. We were American in name before the world war made us American in fact, not a collection of peoples, but one people, with one purpose, one confidence, one pride, one aspiration, and one flag.

"We learned a lesson, too, of transcending importance. Righteousness and unfailing justice are not in themselves a guaranty of national security.

"All the way from my home in Ohio to the furthermost port on the gulf I have seen among the people who came to give us kindly greetings scores of stalwart, virile young Americans, who served their country so gallantly and effectively at home and overseas. These soldiers of the republic, like their fathers, believe in an America of civil and human and religious liberty; they believe in an America of American ideals. They believe in America first, for it is in America that their hopes and inspirations center."

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