National Affairs: The Great Debate

Last autumn the U. S. Congress met in special session to debate repeal of the arms embargo in the Neutrality Act—a session solemnly heralded as "The Great Debate." But Session II of the 76th Congress went through the motions in a curious air of unreality: the Great Debate didn't come off; the President talked boldly, the Senate debated boldly, on all the secondary points—nowhere could the press or the public find candor, willingness to face or seek facts. The embargo was repealed, Congress went home, Mr. Roosevelt went to Warm Springs—in an atmosphere of...

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