Monday, July 8, 2013

The Greatest Organization in the World ...

Hughes in 1925 (credit)
An authoritative source for one of my favorite observations of Charles Evans Hughes was unexpectedly hard to track down.  In case anyone else finds the quotation timely, a citation for it is “Hughes Asks Nation to Join World Court as 1,000 Honor Him,” New York Times, November 11, 1925, 6:
The American Government is a vast cooperative endeavor.  It is the greatest organization in the world for preventing things from being done.  It can move swiftly when the essential forces work together; otherwise, it makes a noise but does not move.