DEMOCRATS: Deadliest Foe

Last week, two men prepared to debate. One was Alfred Emanuel Smith. The other was John Roach Straton, Manhattan pulpiteer, parson of Calvary Baptist Church. Why had the debate been arranged?

The answer is, not vice, but the word vice, and especially the meaning of the word vice in the historically great tradition of U. S. Puritanism. Actually the word is simply a general term signifying the opposite of virtue. If habitual kindness is a virtue, then habitual unkindness is a vice. For all specific forms of vice, there are specific words:...

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