The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, November 04, 1904, Page 11, Image 11

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    NOVEMBER 4, 1W4
The Commoner.
Why-Democrats of I8)6 and
1900 Should Support Parker
(Continued from page 6.)
mental eyila and to the promotion or
the welfare of the -whole people. They
have no sympathy with a policy that
Is likely to Involve this nation in the
intrigued of the monarchies and em
pires of the old world, and Judge Par
ker appeals to them much more strong
ly than does one of President Roose
velt's views and temperament. If there
were no other reason for voting for
Judge Parker they could find sufficient
reason in the fact that he is the very
opposito of President Roosevelt in this
respect, and, therefore, better fitted to
give expression to the hopes and as
pirations of our people.
It is not strange that the president,
with his disposition to rely upon force
rather than upon reason in the settle
ment of questions, should be restivo
under the constitutional restraints
which are Imposed upon the chief exec
utive. The enjoyment which ho finds
in the exercise of power naturally leads
him to carry his authority to the ex
treme limit, and there is already a sus
picion abroad that he Is looking for
ward to a third term on the theory that
the unexpired term of President Mc
Kinley should not bo construed as a
first term for him. His failure to fol
low the example set by Judge Parker
and announce his determination not to
be a candidate again in case of election
strengthens the suspicion.
While under President McKinley the
regular army was Increased and the
minimum fixed at 60,000, with author
ity in the president to raise it at any
time to 100,000. President Roosevelt
strongly commends this increase and
ridicules the- objections made to it. In
1896 the regular army numbered about
25,000 men, and no party platform sug
gested that the number was insufficient.
After the treaty of peace between this
country and Spain had been agreed
upon, and before hostilities broke out
at Manila, President McKinley recom
mended the increase in the army and
a republican congress embodied the
recommendation in a law. We are now
spending upon the army and the navy
more than thirty times as much as we
spend upon the department of agricul
ture, and the republican leaders do
not intend at least they do not prom-ise-rany
decrease in military and naval
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expenditures. But two reasons havo
ueen given for tho Increaso in tho army
one is its uso in labor troubles, and
the other is to be found in tho imperial
policy upon which the country has un
barned since tho republicans came into
power. The fact that tho forts, in
stead of being built upon tho frontier,
a3 formerly, aro being built near tho
largo cities 1b proof positivo that the
increase is intended for domestic rath
er than for foreign purposes.
Democrats who believe in arbitra
tion as a means of settling diuicultles
between labor and capital; democrats
who favor the eight-hour day and de
sire tho abolition of government by in
junctionthese believe that tho army
was large enough eight years ago, and
prefer to employ tho department of
justice rather than tho war depart
ment in the adjustment of disputes be
tween corporations and their employes.
As Judge Parker stands for a reduction
of tho army these democrats have an
additional reason for supporting him
in preference to President Roosevelt.
The Philippine question has not yet
been settled, and it presents one of the
most important, if not tho most im
portant, issue between tho parties. Wo
are now administering a colonial policy
in the Philippine islands directly at
variance with our principles of gov
ernment and contrary tv the wishes of
the Filipinos. President Roosevelt,
without daring to defend or even to
state the principles upon which our
government acts in the Philippines,
contends that wo must remain there
without defining our purpose and with
out pledge to the Filipinos. He jum
bles duty and destiny and dollars to
gether as if he were not sure which
would furnish the best pretext for
maintaining a carpet-bag government
In the Islands.
Judge Parker indorses tho demo
cratic platform on this subject and de
clares himself not only In favor of
Philippine independence but in favor
of an immediate promise of indepen
dence. Wo can not hold the Filipinos
as subject Without danger to our form
of government; we can not make them
citizens without endangering our civi
lization and taking upen ourselves the
solution of a race question greater, If
possible, than tho race question With
which we aro now wrestling.
If Judge Parker does nothing more
than terminate imperialism and rid
the country of the virus of monarchy
contained in colonialism he will jus
tify the support of all who supported
me in 1896 and in 1900. Walpole said
during the revolution that England
could not maintain her position in
that war without asserting principles
which, if carried out, would destroy
English liberty as well as American
liberty? and so, today, republicans can
not defend the administration's policy
in the Philippines without asserting
prrn6ip!6s41 which, if carried out, will
destroy American liberty as well as
Philippine liberty.
Imperialism furnishes a pretext for a
larger army than our country needs,
and it furnishes anexcuse for a larger
navy than our country requires. Im
perialism weakens the arguments
which we have advanced in support of
the Monroe doctrine, adds largely to
the risk of complications with the
land-grahbing nations of Europe, and
lessen our strensth in time of war.
Those whb recognize the gravity and
Importance of the economic problems
which press for solution recognize in
imperialism an almost insurmountable
obstacle to their consideration. Judge
Parker's election would remove this
obstacle, and that in itself would be of
inestimable value to the people.
If I were a cartoonist I should rep
resent the present situation by a pic
ture. I should represent Judge Parker
as a woodman with coat off and an axe
laid against a tree marked "Imperial
ism." Near by, but beyond this, I
should draw -four' other trees, the first
marked "Militarism," the second "The
Spirit of War," the third" "The Race
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