THE NATION: The Decision

The 1948 election was the greatest possible tribute to the secret ballot, which is the heart of democracy. It is true that the vote was low;* there was considerable evidence that many had voted reluctantly. But a reluctant vote counts just as much as an enthusiastic one. The election was a decision, perhaps some day to be amended (as democracy can and does amend its choices), but an affirmative decision nevertheless.

In the main, the people had voted for no change in a social concept which had been pretty well formulated by Franklin...

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