Charles Linbergh, Radio Address (1941)

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CharlesLinbergh, Radio Address (1941)

CharlesLinbergh, Radio Address (1941)

CharlesLinbergh radio address(1941),”was a speech delivered on 23rd April 1941 at the AmericanFirst Committee meeting in New York City. It was addressed to theAmerican leaders giving reasons why the United States should notenter into war in Europe. Charles thought it wise that America shouldnot enter into war unless they had a valid chance of winning. This isbecause they were not prepared for war and thus had a greater chanceof losing than that of winning. He created his argument on apractical view that the United States did not have a well-equippedand trained army for the war (Linbergh). He is also argued thatGermany was a landlocked country and that it was not possible forAmericans to attack them. Germany also had a great army which waswell trained and equipped for the attack. This would weaken theAmerican defense force and also create conflict with Germany.

Englandwas on the verge of losing and her last hope was the United States.England had encouraged small nations to side with her and givenpromises to provide armed assistance which she would not meet. Thesmall nations had hopelessly been defeated but still England feltthat they would win the war if the United States sided with her.Charles Linbergh felt that by so doing, England was protecting theircountry and future, and that America was also supposed to protect itsfuture rather than enter into a war that it had no chance of winning.Though many Americans were not for the idea of America entering intowar, the majority of them hoped that England would win. They believedif German came into power, Hitler would soon attack them.

CharlesLinbergh radio address was targeted to those who were undermining therule of democracy. The majority of the people did not approve for theAmerican defense force to join the war. The rule of democracy was tobe followed, as Charles spoke “the time has come when those of uswho believe in an independent American destiny must band together andorganize for strength.” He addressed that no one would force theAmericans into a war that they were not prepared for if they were notwilling to do so themselves (Linbergh). He hoped that the Americanleaders would adhere to his pleas and not send an army to Germany. Iwould agree with Charles Linbergh because democracy is the rule ofthe majority. Citizens of a country should be included in making adecision about a country and their views should be heard and adheredto. If the leaders act against that then the rule of democracy isoverrated.

Enteringinto war with Germans would only show that the American military isweak and these would lead to attacks on their land. As Charles spoke,“there is no better way to give comfort to an enemy than to dividethe people of a nation over the issue of a foreign war and there isno shorter road to defeat than entering to a war with inadequatepreparation.” He argued that the intervention policy thatcountries use to go into war is what leads to defeat. This is truebecause all the countries that sided with England to fight Germanyhad all been defeated. If America was to help England, then there wasa greater chance of them losing too. It would be wise for them toconcentrate on the defenses and build their strengths so that nonation will ever attempt to attack them.

Charlesrepresented the majority of the people who did not want the war andhad no influence or power. The people had only relied on to expresstheir interests through voting. These people were the majority andyet they were not heard (Linbergh). This is true as it happens inmany nations most of the countries overrate their democracy. Theirleaders say that they rule in favor of the majority, yet it is theiropinion that matter most. Charles felt that the citizens were thestrength of a country and they knew that “there are times when wemust sacrifice our normal interests in life in a bid to ensure thesafety and the welfare of the nation.” If the American leadersdecided to go into war many American people would die yet they wereagainst the war in the first place. This brings the issue of drivingpeople to a war that they do not want yet it is a democratic countryor is democracy in this case overrated.

DesMoines also addressed the same issue as Charles Linbergh. He counterargues that “American people had a tradition of independence fromEurope and the one time they did not take part in European war leftproblems unsolved and American debts unpaid.” He views that thosewho oppose intervention try to clarify facts and issues whereas thosewho support it try to hide facts and confuse issues. Des Moinessupports democracy because the majority in a country should influencethe decisions made by a country, other the small minority who aregreedy and materialistic but yet they control a tremendous influence.

Heurges the American people to help them organize meetings and write totheir representatives in Washington and make their will known. Hesays that “if we the American people do that, independence andfreedom will continue to live among them and there will be no foreignwar.” that is true because if a country’s type of rule isdemocracy then the leaders should rule in the favor of the citizensand not in their opinion. The democratic rule should be respected andthe leaders should involve their citizens in making decisionsregarding a country.


Linbergh,C. A. TheWartime Journal of Charles A. Linbergh.Harcourt

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