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CABOT LODGE BEFORE THE CONGRESS
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HENRY CABOT LODGE
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CABOT LODGE
 

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Henery Cabot Lodge's Address to Congress,
February 9, 1919: His 12,000 word address, gives a vivid description of a life well lived. He paints an accurate portrait of an American Patriot, the likes of which may not be seen again if his examples are not remembered accurately. But Lodge falls short of honor when he describes the 1912 Republican convention as stormy which gave the nomination to Taft. Although technically correct in what he stated he is guilty of an error of omission. Did Lodge fear confronting those that supported dishonest actions or did he think that it was not the place or time to accurately describe what really happened, June of 1912?  For the rest of the story read Bishop Volume 2 chapters 21, 22, & 23. His friend Theodore had just ended a life whose political philosophy required that light should be shown on dishonesty as the surest method to achieving justice from public servants. To call the 1912 convention stormy is tantamount to hiding what really happened. TR lived by the 10 commandments & he would be guilty of bearing false witness if what he states as follows was not completely accurate.
 
"I am in this fight for certain principles, and the first and most important of these goes back to Sinai, and is embodied in the commandment, 'Thou shalt not steal.' Thou shalt not steal a nomination. Thou shalt neither steal in politics nor in business. Thou shalt not steal from the people the birthright of the people to rule themselves."
 
TR instructed his delegates to walk out of the Convention and the Bull Moose Party was formed as a result of the "Thou shalt not Steal " commandment.
 
Also see the Strenuous Life THE EIGHTH AND NINTH COMMANDMENTS IN   POLITICS PUBLISHED IN THE "OUTLOOK," MAY 12, 1900