Harrison press-journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1899-1905, November 01, 1900, Image 3

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Herewith are given extracts from the
national democratic platform and the
editorial comment of the Omaha Bee,
the administration and Imperialist!?
organ of this section. A perusal of this
compilation will convince any one that
the force of the party lash or foi
other reasons surrendered to the Im
perialist, was embodied In the Kanrag
Oty platform. Bo harmonious in sen
timent and similar In expression that
the one might almost be said to be the
echo of the other. But comment Is un
necessary; the extracts speak for them
selves. It cannot but be conceded how
ever, that an editor who thus diamctrl
cally changes his views recognizes that
his expressions are without weight 01
he regards his readers as a lot ot
credulous numskulls who can be Influ
enced at pleasure for or against any
measure. Headers of the paper whJ
cannot see that Its course Is an Insult
to their Intelligence are Indeed dull of
comprehension and more to be pitied
than to be blamed. Were a minister,
or other public speaker, who essayed
to be a public teacher, to be guilty j
of the shameless Inconsistency naunt
Jngiy practiced by the local republican
organ he or they would be subjects ot
Just derision and public scorn.
STITUTION. We, the representatives of the
democratic party of the United
Htates, assembled In national con
vention on the anniversary of the
. adoption of the Declaration of In
dependence, do reaffirm our faith
In that Immortal proclamation of
the Inalienable rights of man and
tiur allegiance to the constitution
framed In harmony therewith by
the fathers of the republic. We
li .Id with the Unltel States Bj-
pteme court that the Declaration of
Independence Is the spirit of our
government, of which the constitu
tion Is the form and letter. Kan
sas City platform.
The true friends, the really patriotic
citizens of Wie republic are those who
Insist that we shall faithfully adhere !o
the policy which Imbued the founders of
the republic.
The attempt of the advocate of ter
ritorial acquisition to deprecate those
who are opposed to their policy by ap
plying to them such epithets as "little
Americans" will not have any weight
with the thinking- portion of the Amer
ican people. Omaha Bee, July t, 1898.
We declare again that all goxern
ments Instituted among men derive
their just powers rri'n tne consent
of the governed; that any govern
ment not based upon the consent ot
the governed la a tyranny; and that
to Impose upon- any people a gov
ernment 'of force la to substitute
the methods of Imperialism for
those of a republic Kansas Oty
Every voice that la raised In oppoel
tkas to the spirit of Imperialism that Is
fertM fostered In this country should
rve careful attention. We confident
"if believe that at this time a large
; f -"silty of our people are onnossd to
' rir ! order that tale ooposi
rt deaisno those who would
f trwr Jo" poller the
"Uneasy Lies
pregnant with difficulties and dangers
must be met and combated at every
point. To seize any colony of Spain and
hold It as our own. without the free
consent of the people. Id a violation of
the principles upon which the govern
ment rests, which we have preached to
Iiie Kullii of a t.-cmuy hciu wiiii ii e
pledged ourselves to respect when the
war was declared. Omaha Bee, June
IS, 1898.
We hold that the constitution fol
lows the flag and denounce the doc
trine that an executive or congress
deriving their existence and their
powers from the constitution can
exerclKe lawful authority beyond It,
or In violation of It. We assert that
no nation can long endure half re
public and half empire, and we warn
the American people that Imperial
ism ahnad will lead quickly and
Inevitably to despotism at home.
Kansas City Platform.
The prevalent spirit of Imperialism Is
pregnant with danger. It would make
ihe flag of our country the symbol of
dominion and empire. Instead of the
blem of freedom, equality, Justice and
peace. Omaha Bee, June 16, 1888.
We Insist that a war begun In the
cause of humanity shall not be turned
Into a war for empire. That an at
tempt to win for the Cubans the right
to govern themselves shall not be made
an excuse for extending our sway over
alien people without their consent.
Omaha Uee, June 19,. 1898.
Believing In these fundamental
principles, w denounce the Porto
Rico law, enacted by a republican
congress against the protest and op
position of the democratic minority,
as a bold and open violation of the
nation's organic law and a flngrant
hrfach of the national good faith.
It Imposes upon the people of Porto
Hlco a government without their
consent and taxation without repre
sentation. Kansas City Platform.
An attempt to win for Cubans the
right to govern themselves shall not be
made an excuse for extending our sway
over alien people without their con
sent. To sleae any colony of Spain and
hold It a our own, without the free
consent of Its people, Is a violation of
the principles upon which the govern
ment rests, which we have preached to
the world for a century, and which we
pledged ourselves to respect when the
war was declared. Omaha Bee, June
It dishonors the American people
by repudiating a solemn pledge
made in their behalf by the com
manding general of our army, which
the Porto Rlcane welcomed to a
peaceful and unresisted occupation
of their land. It doomed to. poverty
and distress whose helplessness ap
peals with peculiar force to our
justice and magnanimity. In this,
the first act of Its Imperialistic pro
gram, the republican party seeks to
commit the United States to a colo
nial policy, Inconsistent with repub
lican Institutions and condemned
by the supreme court hi numeroM i
o eti on s Kansas vnt rMWom.
any HWiUw f Vmritonr a rt- SsaaSnSs u twv Ike rest"-Omi:
wit ot ti$ 9 trraK U a vHeo tfe. krxl I, lJ,
the Head That Wears the Crown."
the national faith pledged In the Joint
session of congress which declared that
the United States disclaimed any dis
position or Intention to cxerclge sover
eignty, jurisdiction or control over Cu
ba, "except tor the pacification there
of." To abandon the principles and
policy under which we have prospered
and embrace the doctrine and practices
now called imperialism is to enter the
path which, with other great republics,
has ended In the downfall of free Insti
tutions. Omaha Bee, June 19, 1898.
Wo demand the uromnt and hon- . i
est fulfillment of our pledge to the
Cuban people and the world that the
United States had no disposition
nor Intention to exercise sovereign
ty, Jurisdiction, or control over the
Island of Cuba, exceut for its pa
cification. The war ended nearly
two years ago, profound peace
reigns over all the Island, and still
the administration keeps t-,e gov
ernment of the island from Its peo
ple, while republican carpetbag offi
cials plunder Its revenues and ex
ploit the colonial theory to the dis
grace of the American people.
Kansas City Platform.
Any annexation of territory as a re
sult of the war would be a violation
of the national faith pledged In the
Joint session of congress which declared
that the United States disclaimed "any
disposition of Intention to exercise sov
ereignty, Jurisdiction or control" over
Cuba "except for the pacification there
of." Omaha Bee, June 19, 1898.
Americans know that It la grossly un
just to charge that the motive for going
to war with Spain was terrltorlai ag
grandisement. Congress distinctly and
explicitly disclaimed any sucn purpose,
declaring that the sole object of the war
was to give Cuba free and Independ
ent government. No utterance of thi
most violent Jingoes even remotely in
timated a desire for expansion of terri
tory and no such thing was In the
thought of anybody In this country
when hostilities were declared. The
Idea of territorial expansion was de-
veloped after the Manila
Omaha Bee, July 27, 1898.
We condemn and denounce the
Philippine policy of the present ad
ministration. It' has embroiled the
republic In an unnecessary war, sac
rificed the lives of many of Its no
blest sons, and placed the United
States, previously known and ap
plauded throughout the world as the
champion of freedom. In the false
and un-American position of crush
Ing with military force the efforts ot
our former allies to achieve liberty
and self-government Kansas City
Nothing could be more repugnant to
American Idess and principles than
coercing these people Into submission
to our rule. If they do not desire
American government we should violate
the cardinal principles of our political
system by forcing them to submit to it.
Omaha Bee, September 24, ISM.
"We have accomplished our mission,"
quotes the Bee from the Chicago Chron
icle. "If we go further we must aban
don any pretense of humsnlty or ven
geance and admit that we seek con
quest and conquest alone. We can't af
ford to do It when our volunteers are
dying In Cuba. We can't afford to
weigh distant Islands against Amerloan
lives. We can't afford to haggle with
Spain when every hour's delay means
mourning for some American noma.
We must end the war and bring the
soldiers back to God's country. TM
The Filipinos cannot be citizens
without en langering our civilization;
they cannot be subjects without
Imperiling our form of government,
and as we are not willing to sur
render our civilization or to convert
the republic Into an empire, we fa
vor an Immediate declaration of the
nation's purpose to give to the Fili
pinos: first, a stable form of gov
ernment; second, Independence;
third, protection from outside Inter
ference, such as has been given for
nearly a century to the republics of
Central and South America. Kan-
1 ens K,iiy rmttitit'..
One serious danger is in the likelihood
of pressure from our new possessions
for admission to the union as states,
To admit them sooner or later, is to
follow a long line of precedents; to de
bar them la to aaopt a wnoiiy new me
ory of national policy. Under a policy
of Imperialism or territorial acquisi
tion we must choose between giving
new possessions statehood and govern
ing them as colonies; the latter a course
which might be fraught with grave
menace to our whole constitutional sys
tem. . . We shrink from Intrusting po
litical control to dark skinned Hawali
ans of uncertain pedigree and problem
atical civilization. . . What a spec
tacle this republic would present to the
world in denying universal suffrage to
one portion of Its people while giving
It to another portion. )maha Bee, Oc
tober 9, 1898.
The greedy commercialism which
dictated the Philippine policy of the
republican administration attempts
to Justify with the plea thst It will
pay, but even this sordid and un
worthy plea falls when brought' to
the tests of facts. The war of
"criminal aggression" against the
Filipinos, entailing an annual ex
pense of many millions, has already
cost more than any possible profit
than could accure from the entire
Philippine trade for years to come.
Furthermore, when trade Is extend
ed at the expense of liberty the
price Is always too high. Kansas
City Platform.
Success In obtaining our share of the
trade will depend upon our ability to
meet the competition of our commer
eial rivals. There Is a view of this
matter which appears to have escaped
the attention of most people. This Is
the possibility that In the event of the
United States permanently occupying
the Philippines there will be an Indus
trial development there hlch will sup.
ply a large share of the demand of the
Asiatic trade, thus curtailing the op
portunities In that quarter of our own
manufactures. Labor In these Islands
can be had at about one-third what It
costs In the United States and there Is
sn abundance of It. The Inevitable
tendency of this would be to bring down
the price of Isbor in this country em
ployed In like Industries
American labor would consequently
have to suffer. In no other wsy could
our manufacturers successfully com
pete for the Asiatic trade sgalnst man
ufscturers located nearer to that trade
and employing the cheapest labor In
the world.-Omaha Bee, July II, ISM
We are not opposed to territorial
expansion when It takes In desirable
territory which can be erected Inte
states m the union and whose peo
ple sre willing and fit to become
inert ran cltlsens. We favor trade
gpansion by every peaceful and
legitimate means, but we art unal
terably opposed to the seising or
f I re basing of distant Island! to be
vernd ouulda tha exiMtttvtton
and whose people can never become
" citizens. Kansas Cltv Platform.
The United States wants no territory
in remote seas requiring great military
ana naval establishments for Its de
fense, and with a people not fitted for
self-government. The acquisition of
such territory would inevitably prove
a heavy burden and bring us endless
trouble. Omaha Bee, June 15, 1898.
AMPLE. We are In favor of extending the
republic's Influence among the na
tions, but believe that influence
should be extended not by force and
violence, but linuuaii i-cioUii'.-.c -
power of a high and honorable ex
ample. Kansas City Platform.
We were anxious to stand well In the
opinion of the world when we went Into
war; we desired that all disinterested
mankind should accept as honest and
sincere our assurances of usefulness
and of a lofty purpose. We sought the
good will of the nations on the ground
that we made the fight to accomplish
the highest objects for which man can
battle. The war is now over. It would
seem to be the. dictate of wisdom to
avoid whatever may seem to Justify
hostile European sentiment. Omaha
Bee, July 2, 1898.
ISSUE. . .
The importance of other questions
now pending before the American
people is in no wise diminished and
the democratic party takes no back
ward step from its position on them,
but the burning Issue of Imperialism
growing out of the Spanish war In
volves the very existence of the re
public and the destruction of our
free Institutions We regard It as
the paramount issue of the cam
Jaign. Kansas City Platform.
This voice of protest against a policy
of Imperialism (speaking of Boston
meeting resolution) against a proposed
course on the part of the United States
distinctly hostile to our republican sys
tem and which would Inevitably lead
us Into militarism, with all that im
plies, should find an echo In every
quarter of the nation. Thoughtful men,
conservative men, patriotic men should
everywhere within the boundaries ot
the union make themselves heard in
explicit and unqualified terms In oppo
sition to the demnnd that this war be
made a war for empire, that it shall be
perverted from the humanitarian pur
pose for which It was declared into a
war of conquest and territorial ag
grandizement. Let those who realize
the dangerous character of the spirit
of Imperialism not delude themselves
with the idea that left to Itself It will
not grow. There are powerful Infiu
ences fostering It Influences prompted
ny svartce and by ambition for power
commercial and military Influences
and the force of these upon public sen
timent must not be underrated. Against
such Influences all who believe that the
republic should adhere to Its tradition
al policy should array themselves st
once. Thst Is dictated by s wise and
true patriotism. Omaha Bee, June Is,
These direct Indorsements of the
principles of the democratic platform
could be continued almost Indefinitely.
but the above should suffice to show
that the organ Is utterly lacking In
consistency and principle. To cap all
this, however, those who are Interested
should turn to the Bee of June IS, ISM,
and there read the edltorlsl comments
of the paper on Mr. Brysn's address at
the dedication of the Nebraska building.
wnen Mr. Bryan raisea nis voice in
strong protest against the ImptrtaiicC
spirit them commencing to be exhibits!.
In this editorial the Bee said:
Hon. William J. Bryan sounded
the right note In his address at the
dedication of the Nebraska build
ing when, referring to the war with
Spain, he said It should not degen
erate into a war of conquest. Mr.
Bryan made it clear that he Is un
qualifiedly opposed to any schema
of colonization, and his position in
this respect will have no little in
fluence upon public opinion. The
Bee can heartily approve the utter
ance of Mr. Bryan, because it is in '
accord with the view this paper baa
consistently urged.
The tendency to make the war ona
of conquest is becoming far too
marked. It is receiving iicourage
ment in commercial cir I 9, it has)
supporters In the army nd nt.vy,
and many public men (r iblicans)
are favorable to it. U: i r these
Influences public sentlme: I is being
shaped in favor of territorial ag- "
grandizement, and if this sentiment
is not to be permitted to grow to
formidable proportions, those who
believe that the republic should ad
here to Its traditional policy and also
be faithful to the assurance it gave
the world when it entered upon war
in the interest of freedom and hu
manity must make themselves -heard.
Omaha, Neb., Oct. 20.
Deithrlch, In Da- Governor Poyn-
kota county, sald:ter Bald to the
"Our army Is notiFirstNebraska vol-
large enough yet ;unteers on their re-
it should be in
turn home: "The
creased until it
equals correspond
strength of our re
public lies in our
citizen soldier. Ho
who volunteers to
fight when his
country is assailed
ingly to our popu
lation the armies of
Russia, England,
and other Europe
an powers."
and returns to his
farm or shop to
produce wealth as
soon as his country
is at peace."
A Gage county German farmer said:
"If you people had lived In Germany
or any other European country with a
great standing army you would say
the United States with its volunteers
was good enough for you. Our army
tax is too much already."
Dietrich at Super- Poynter at He
lor said: "Our flagbron said: "In the
now floats over thedlscussion of our
Philippine islandtreaty with the 8u-
(slave pens and ha
lus I cannot con
demn our policy
more strongly than
by quoting the:
words of Lincoln
when he said:
'When a man gov
rem of the Sultan
of the Sulus). Shall
we haul it down?
erns himself, that
is self government;
but when he gov
erns another and)
against that oth-
er's will, that is
despotism.' "
Art. IS. Neither slavery nor involun
tary servitude except as punishment
for crime, shall exist in the United
States or any territory under its 1 Jur-
During a speech at Twentieth and
Lake streets, Omaha. Deitrieh sald:
There Is no question ' about pros
perity being in the land. Even barer -
In South Omaha, beef is worth IS
cents a pound." A laboring man in the
audience arose and said: "Yes, Mr.
Deitrieh, that Is so, and my wages have
not been raised for four years, and the
result is I cannot buy any beef tor
myself or family."
if you vote fori If you vote for
Deitrieh, you favor
Poynter, you favor
a man who is ap
posed to all the vi
cious things favor
all of the vicious
things the adminis
tration favors: a
national banker, a
ed by the McKln-
money loaner, alley administration.
man who referees a farmer, a man.
prize fights, a manlwho settled on tha
without a family. nrairles of Nebras
ka years ago and
tasted the trials
Jnd tribulations of
tne eariy piunetH .
man whose heart
beats in sympathy
with the farmers
and laborers of his
state; a man of a
family, a man who
loves his family-
arid would defend
the honor and pur-
i'y of anv man's
(family; a man who
made an honest
and conscientious
chief executive, a
man who Is liberal
In all things, but
temperate in alt
Voter, drop your ballot In the boxj
done so you become responsible fof
the man you elect.
This Individual farad for
raska peopla For 4 hou
Business Man In Folltlo.
lu Chicago, Dr. Unger nd - .
arc held for Investigation of 7
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, :
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lied to Khmer Kneader to C
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