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Running head: SHIFT TO GROWTH
Shift to Growth
SHIFT TO GROWTH
Henry Cabot Lodge and William Jennings Bryan
Scene: Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, a Republican senator and a close friend to Theodore
Roosevelt, meets William James, a prominent Democrat politician from Nebraska. The theme of
this meeting is to discuss a controversial American Foreign policy. Cabot is a strong supporter
for the shift of American policy to intervene in foreign matters more and exert more control,
while William James Bryan is an ardent voice against the idea of imperialism and he is focusing
his campaign in the upcoming elections based on the idea he has been a voice of dissent.
BRYAN: Thank you for agreeing to meet me, Senator.
LODGE: It is my Pleasure Sir, I am aware that American Foreign policy has caused a lot of
criticism from your school of thought, especially the stand on the controversial foreign policy.
However, let me make my position clear.
BRYAN: I think the policy is not what America Stands for and it should be abolished and
alternative methods considered.
LODGE: Well, I believe that America, just like the European powers must adapt accordingly to
enhance the continued growth of our country. Countries that are not seeking expansion are a part
of the past and will not be a part of the future in my honest opinion. America can become a great
nation economically if it continues with imperialism. There is excellent potential regarding trade
and reach out for new markets in the East, the Hawaiian Islands which would have fallen to the