Much has been said from time to time about the need for and the methods of “selling” the Navy to the American people, that is, to the people of the entire nation, be they residents of the coastal states or of the great commonwealths of the interior. There is no question as to the need for this "selling,” for the present state of the Navy clearly demonstrates the fact that the future of the Navy cannot well be left to Congress, or to the efforts of the Department to convince Congress of the need for more adequate appropriations, both for maintenance and fur a proper building program. Discussion of the methods of “selling” is, however, quite necessary.
The genus politicus sent to the halls of Congress nowadays is one that will listen to the voice of the people far more readily than he will to the advice of experts. This also was clearly shown during the last session of Congress.
To gain its end it is necessary that the Navy take its message and show its needs to the people. It is necessary that this message be so well delivered that the entire nation will realize that the Navy is an asset and that it must be continued in a state of high efficiency.