Ladies and Gentlemen:
I have just received the information that there is a German spy among us—
a German spy watching us.
He is around, here somewhere, reporting upon you and me—sending reports about us to Berlin and telling the Germans just what we are doing with the Liberty Loan. From every section of the country these spies have been getting reports over to Potsdam—not general reports but details—where the loan is going well and where its success seems weak, and what people are saying in each community.
For the German Government is worried about our great loan. Those Junkers fear its effect upon the German morale. They’re raising a loan this month, too.
If the American people lend their billions now, one and all with a hip-hip-hurrah, it means that America is united and strong. While, if we lend our money half-heartedly, America seems weak and autocracy remains strong.
Money means everything now; it means quicker victory and therefore less bloodshed. We are in the war, and now Americans can have but one opinion, only one wish in the Liberty Loan.
Well, I hope these spies are getting their messages straight, letting Potsdam know that America is hurling back to the autocrats these answers:
For treachery here, attempted treachery in Mexico, treachery everywhere—one billion.
For murder of American women and children—one billion more.
For broken faith and promise to murder more Americans—billions and billions more.
And then we will add:
In the world fight for Liberty, our share—billions and billions and billions and endless billions.
Do not let the German spy hear and report that you are a slacker.
The War To End All Wars - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_FAOk4uMp8&feature=share&list=PL9ECF5AB7C0DAD3C2
World War I: A Failure of State Elites - Raico - http://mises.org/media/1531
Teddy Roosevelt and the Origins of the Modern Warfare-Welfare State - http://mises.org/media/1092
The United States and WWI -
World War I as Fulfillment - http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard156.html
Myths Of Progressivism - Gottfried - http://www.lewrockwell.com/gottfried/gottfried120.html
LaFollette WWI Speech - https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/Speeches_LaFollette_FreeSpeech.htm
The Making Of A Red - http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/4982/
Espionage Act - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage_Act_of_1917