The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, March 03, 1911, Page 16, Image 16

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The Commoner
Democratic Opinion Freely Expressed
H. II. Potors, Euroka, 111. I ap
preciate continually tho attltudo of
Tho Commonor on tho questions
that aro now up In our civic life.
Tho democratic party has struggled
for fourteen yoars to gain a victory
ovor corporate greod and political
crookodness. Tho party should not
.sell out at this hour. Thoro never
has boon such an opportunity bofore
tho party as today, at loast never
sinco tho days of Androw Jackson.
But to sell out to "Wall Street and
tho corporations of tho country at
this tlrao would bo equal to Judas
betraying tho Lord. I hope tho west,
south and Mississippi valley will
continuo to bo self-assertive and
control tho policies, make tho plat
form, and nomlnato tho candidate
for 1912.
A. H. Stowors, Atlanta, Ga. I am
thoroughly onjoying Tho Commonor
nowadays, ovon moro than usual;
am thoroughly in accord with Mr.
Bryan, in that wo must bo careful
lost "black sheep" get into tho
flock. I have voted for Mr. Bryan
threo times; am for him moro today
than ovor, bocauso his ideas aro
things of reality, whilo sixteen years
ago thoy wero qulto new, and the un
thinking could not grasp his Ideas
no mattor how plainly ho laid them
down. I have heard Mr. Bryan
speak on eight occasions, and in
deed, I was glad to hear him when
ho camo to Atlanta in February.
or tho principles upon which tho
battlo Is fought, for it is my Arm
belief that a victory won fighting
in tho wrong is worse than a dozen
defeats fighting for tho right. Why
should wo fight at all, if wo do not
array ourselves on tho sido of right
and justice of "equal rights to all
and special privileges to none" and
the moral and political uplift or our
citizenship? Why should wo defeat
tho methods of tho stand-pat repub
licans only to replace it with thoso
of this so-called "safe and sano"
democracy? Certainly that would bo
the rankest inconsistency. In 1896
Mr. Bryan gathered tho ruins of the
democratic party and ever since It
has been a truly fighting force for
good, except when it wandered after
false gods in 1904, the folly of this
movo being clearly demonstrated.
May his life and strength be spaTed
for many years to be a guiding light
to those who aro looking forward to
better things in this fair land of
ours. Tho candidate for 1912 should
bo a man whose character is founded
upon a firm Christian basis and it
will naturally follow that his Ideas
along governmental affairs will be
for the good of tho masses. Mr.
Folk seems to be the right kind of
a man, and I hope to see him or'
somo equally as good man nominated.
W. Williamson, Pasadena, Cal.
I havQ beon reading The Commoner
for somo tlmo and am much pleased
with tho way you are warning the
domocrats to bo on their guard
and hold tho reins for tho people.
Mr. Bryan is a' wise leader, far
sighted as to the needs of the people
and unwavering in his efforts to
mako politics better and cleaner.
Tho very principles ho advocated on
reform and good government the
country needed, and are being taken
up and will bo UBOd for the benefit
of the people. It would be well for
all domocrats to road The Commoner
and it will also bo instructive to the
republicans. I hope as honest and
as wise a man as Mr. Bryan will bo
our prosldent in 1912 and tho future
givo us many more as great.
opposed them vigorously, but un
successfully, for the judges, T. K.
Richoy, Prof. A. E. Bates and W.
J. Galbrolth decided in favor of the
Though lacking tho oratorical
cleverness of his father, W. J. Bryan,
Jr., debates easily and very con
vincingly on the theoretical benefits
of tho initiative and referendum,
tracing- it from Grecian and Roman
origin down to the present day. He
quoted tho well known exponents of
thoso governmental experiments, and
read extracts from The Commoner
in support of 'his assertions. Mr.
Bryan 'said Arizona is particularly
in danger of corporate influence be
cause of the mining, lumber, rail
road, cattle, and big agricultural en
terprises such as can only be operat
ed by extensive capital. Therefore,
he said, Arizona is peculiarly in need
of some such provisions as the initia
tive and referendum as a safeguard
to tho non-corporate people of the
proposed state. Tucson- (Arizona)
M. J. Turner, Upland, Neb. This
seems to me to be a very important
time to consider whether the demo
cratic party can afford to bo com
mitted to a roDublican nolicv thn
president's taTiff commission. To
"mako good" in regard to that part
of the republican platform which
Btates that tho tariff should only be
high enough to make up the dif
ference in cost of labor, together with
"a reasonable profit to tho manu
facturer," tho president Is to appoint
a commission to revise the tariff.
No democrat should go on that com
mittee. If this effort to saddle a
protective policy upon the democratic
party is successful, we will have to
dig a grave deep enough for both
parties. Wo cannot afford to ad
mit tho government has the right to
arrange for private interests to tax
tho public.
Russell F. Collins, Spokane, Wash.
Wo, as a party, aro in greater
danger today from those who profess
to bo our friends than our avowed
enemies. It would be an empty vic
tory, if it meant a return to thoBe
who havo betrayed every pledge
made to tho people. As I see it,
the democratic name is once more to
bo offered upon the scaffold of or
ganized greed. We aro to elect a
democratic congress, and a demo
cratic president, but none of those
that will do the special interests any
harm. They are to be conservatives
Dy nature ana oy training. They are
to be chosen by Wall Street. Better
ten defeats than Buch a victory.
What could we hope to gain by. such
elevation to power nothing but the
contempt of the millions in the
democratic party who for years
have stood for printiiple. Such a
victory should be held in contempt
by every loyal democrat. I believe
our country is approaching a crisis
greater than has confronted us since
the civil war. The people are
iiwftUB tu una condition ana are pre
paring to meet it. The nomination
of any Wall Street democrat for the
presidency in 1912, would be a great
aisappomtment to them. It must
not be done. We muBt have a can
didate that thoroughly understands
the meaning of progression. One
who will stand for principle. Mr.
Bryan is my preference for the
presidency, and secondly I look with
favor upon Joseph W. Folk, of Mis
souri. I am with you for a progres
sive candidate in 1912.
P. J. Fishel, New Philadelphia,
Ohio May it never come to pass
that I should depart fronr tho politi
cal teaching that I have received for
tho last fourteen years. I am not
of that number who are looking for
ward to a victory without regard to
tho manner in which it is obtained
Academic interpretation of the
initiative ana referendum, reflected
largely through printed treatises of
various kinds, were presented by
four university debaters for the edi
fication of an every-day Tucson
audience, which packed the univer
sity assembly room and overflowed
into the adjoining hall. The debaters
wero W. J. Bryan, Jr., H. Lowder-
wuu., a. n. strong, ana H. G. Thor
aux. Tho first and third named ar
gued in favor of tho "progressive"
measures. The second and fourth
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