THE CONGRESS: Peace & Preparedness

The ethos or collective disposition of the U. S. people is dead set against foreign alliances. The fatal smell of 1917 is still too heavy in the air. On the other hand, the U. S. people will buy almost anything —from a piece of the power business to the world's biggest breadline—and 74% of the citizens canvassed in a recent Gallup poll were eager to buy a big navy, the kind of Big Navy that Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress for two weeks ago.

Mr. Roosevelt said he wanted more Navy "specifically and solely because of the piling up of additional...